The New York World has asked New Yorkers to help them map the city's beautiful lost spaces.

This article titled “Mapping New York’s hidden gems: how crowdsourcing is taking the city back” was written by Simon Rogers, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 9th November 2011 14.00 UTC

Cities are more than concrete and traffic; look a little harder and you can find places to sit, and breathe and escape the world. But sometimes, you have to look really hard.

And that’s what The New York World has been doing for the past two weeks, partnering with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show to ask New Yorkers to help find the city’s “privately owned public spaces” – those small patches of indoor and outdoor real estate that property owners have committed to making available for public use. The world has heard of Zuccotti Park, thanks partly to the Occupy protests. But New York is dotted with these beautiful spaces.

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