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NYC GeoSearch API Documentation

NYC GeoSearch is an API that transforms input text — such as an address, or the name of a place — to a location in New York City using authoritative NYC address data from the Property Address Directory (PAD) via Pelias (a modular, open-source geocoder built on top of ElasticSearch for fast geocoding). NYC GeoSearch powers the autocomplete/typeahead search results in web apps such as ZoLa and Population Fact Finder.

How you can help

In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project. Here are some ways you can contribute.

  • Comment on or clarify [issues](link to issues)
  • Report [bugs](link to bugs)
  • Suggest new features
  • Write or edit documentation
  • Write code (no patch is too small)
    • Fix typos
    • Add comments
    • Clean up code
    • Add new features

Read more about contributing.


You will need the following things properly installed on your computer.

Local development

  • Clone this repo git clone
  • Navigate to the project directory cd labs-nyc-geosearch-docs
  • Run yarn to install dependencies
  • gatsby develop — Gatsby will start a hot-reloading development environment accessible at localhost:8000. Edit the javascript pages in src/pages. Saved changes will live reload in the browser.
  • gatsby build — Gatsby will perform an optimized production build for your site generating static HTML and per-route JavaScript code bundles.
  • gatsby serve — Gatsby starts a local HTML server for testing your built site.

Backend services

  • NYC GeoSearch ([insert API URL here])


This project can be deployed on any static web server.

  • Deploy via Dokku using npm run deploy

Contact us

You can find us on Twitter at @nycplanninglabs, or comment on issues and we'll follow up as soon as we can. If you'd like to send an email, use


Website for NYC GeoSearch API Documentation





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