Chris Whong got a hold of a lot of GPS data for NYC taxis, using the cleverest hack of all: He asked nicely.

Not sure what I want to do with this yet, but spend an evening putting the basics together, and drew this from a small subset of the taxi dropoff locations. I love how the slightly fuzzy data lines up with street locations, and looks like the skeletons of pressed leaves.

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There’s also an impressive zoomable map with both pickup and dropoff data by @enf.

[ hat tip to: @j0el ]