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Back in 2009, with the smartphone revolution just taking off, savvy app-makers started playing around with ways to use the iPhone's GPS features, tracking where users are in real time. The sharpest among them, it turned out, wound up building little games that encouraged people to 'check in' at places they visited in the real world. read more...

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will no doubt go down in history as the city's numbers-cruncher-in-chief. 'In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data,' he once tweeted. But he is far from alone. Big Data -- the ability to analyze massive amounts of information in a high-tech and sophisticated way -- has become a new buzz phrase. read more...

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BlockAvenue is now providing its neighborhood data through its API. Partner Rentanna provides a sense of how this can work. Below is a screenshot from Rentenna of rentals at the Vanguard Chelsea. read more...

The neighborhood-centric website BlockAvenue has just announced the release of their API to the public. Already Rentenna has started using their data, but info about what is available is explained here. read more...

"We have rated and reviewed almost everything in this world. From books and restaurants to hotels and cars -- why not rate the most important place in our life -- where we live?" says BlockAvenue founder Tony Longo who saw an opportunity to bring a Yelp-like crowdsourced platform to communities. read more...

The upcoming updates to the newly launched tool will offer more features like a partnership with BlockAvenue to enhance the truly hyperlocal aspect of home shopping. read more...

Know thy neighbor
Neighborhood apps like Blockboard and BlockAvenue focus on building hyperlocal communities through social media. Will similar startups soon eclipse Facebook and Twitter as our go-to sources for neighborly news? read more...

Moving to a different neighborhood or relocating to a new city often times translates into a challenging endeavor testing our patience, agility and vigilance. In an attempt to ease the process and shed some light on the best-kept treasures of our neighborhoods, BlockAvenue, a Boston-based startup launched an online platform that will ease the lives of people interested in buying a home, renting an apartment or staying in a hotel in an unknown area of town. read more...

Our landscape shifts and twists constantly. It's not enough to be able to search everything. We want information down to the most minute detail. Download the Podcast, Listen Online, or read more...

One way to consider the future of real estate technology is to look at its newest innovators. Today, nine real estate startups took to the stage at Real Estate Connect New York City to pitch their latest products in a 'New Kids on the Block' panel read more...

2012's rush to capture the hyperlocal audience has begun to wane as the reality sets in that while the online SMB market is huge and untapped, it remains hard to get those mom-and-pops to spend money on newfangled marketing methods. Last year's intense startup activity has revealed four trends going into 2013. read more...

As the year comes to an end, we would like to dedicate this post to recognizing the nominees for StartupLeak's 'Leak of the Year' award. read more...

BlockAvenue, a neighborhood-info tool that launched this fall and focused on New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., has a new look that makes online conversations and the site's map-centric design more prominent. The update marks another step for the service before it's marketed to brokers and agents as a forum to promote their local knowledge, said BlockAvenue founder and CEO Anthony Longo. read more...

The company has announced their first major update, allowing users to actively follow and contribute to conversations on the site, with topics ranging from recent crime reports to news of grand openings. This live feature allows locals to track the latest happenings in their neighborhood, status updates, and what others are saying about it. read more...

BlockAvenue released a major update on its platform promising to bring 'social + local' to a whole new level. Now, when users scan a particular neighborhood to find out "who's talking about what," they will be able to see the most active conversations happening around them at that very instant. read more...

There's now a new player on the block if readers are looking for uber-local info on DC nabes. With the beta launch of BlockAvenue, users can point and click to discover new venues, socially-engaged neighbors, awesome eateries, and even local sex offenders. read more...

BlockAvenue.com, a new, local, online startup, is aiming to help people decide where to live by crowd-sourcing neighborhood reviews. read more...

The goal for BlockAvenue is to bring all of the information about a particular location and the impact of its surroundings into one easy-to-use resource. They want renters, potential homeowners, or visitors to be able to see "what the makeup is or where the trend is heading" at any time for any neighborhood. read more...

Where can we find - or lend our expertise to, or air our grievances about - the hidden-away spots and the nitty-gritty details, the areas to hit and the ones to avoid?. This is the "lifestyle platform" that Cambridge-based BlockAvenue aims to create. read more...

There's a new website that details city information at the most local level - the city block. From coffee shops to crime stats BlockAvenue is drilling it down. Way down. read more...

Block Avenue shows great promise, especially given the shifting block-by-block nature of most cities. Although extremely useful, the true killer feature isn't the accumulation of statistics, but the ability to gather actual feedback from real people about each block. The combination of the social and statistical layers is essential, as it gives users the ability to fully analyze a block according to their individual needs, priorities and perspectives. read more...

BlockAvenue: A platform that helps you understand everything there is to know about your location. read more...

Block Ave. will do more than just change the residential real estate market, it's going to change the commercial market as well. While it may still be too early in the site's career to pinpoint exactly how it will all happen, it is easy to see the potential. Longo explained that after collecting reviews about experiences and locations of sites, the results, negative or positive, always came back to one thing: local businesses. read more...

Just enter any address in the the city, and BA's fancy algorithm will crush some 50 million data points (that includes everything from crime stats, T service, and demographics, to local amenities, dining options, and sex offenders) and generate a Gmap of the block overlaid w/ area businesses, neighbor reviews, and an overall letter grade called the "BlockScore" read more...

Nowadays we don't do anything without sharing our opinion via the World Wide Web. We post pictures, share our thoughts and review everything from movies to our local dog groomer. What if we could combine all of that information on one platform? This is where Cambridge startup Block Avenue comes in; It is a candid haven for freedom of speech where residents can raise their voice, for better or for worse, on everything from where to eat and drink to rating a block on noise and cleanliness. read more...

Block Avenue's approach pulls feeds from data aggregators like Factual and various sources like GreatSchools.org for school data, and then builds it all into a neighborhood map. "Our grades weight the more negative hard data, like crime statistics, about equal with user rating, and we'll expose our algorithm so users can see how a block gets a B or C," said Tony Longo, Block Avenue's CEO. "We're also looking to tap into the APIs of Yelp and Foursquare to add existing consumer reviews to the algorithm." read more...

Think of the neighborhoods you love -- or the ones you don't. Most likely, specific places pop into mind. That's the idea behind BlockAvenue, a new service that rates the livability of urban neighborhoods using millions of data points, including user reviews via social media. read more...

When you can't ask a friend or a relative about a particular neighborhood you are interested in, and don't know if you should trust just anyone's opinion online, you can turn to the "new kid on the block", BlockAvenue, a location-based analytics company focused on providing consumers an intuitive platform to help better understand everything there is to know about a location. read more...

While BlockAvenue is a bit of a discovery, and recommendation startup, it's also a big data startup wrapped up in a really sexy frame. To that end, BlockAvenue, in it's current form, touches over 50 million data points of neighborhood information. BlockAvenue helps you discover, and research neighborhoods any way you want. read more...

Finding the right place to live in a city can be difficult and in dense urban areas, quality of life is often determined more by which block you live on than which neighborhood you are in. BlockAvenue, which sees itself as a location company, analyzes data ranging from crime statistics to available public transit options, as well as the availability and quality of local restaurants and stores and boils all of this data down to a single A-F letter grade read more...

Cambridge startup BlockAvenue on Thursday launched its site that scores U.S. neighborhoods based on a variety of data points, in a bid to "bring transparency to location." The initial release includes more than 50 million data points that impact a location's value, from categories including transit, crime, sex offenders, restaurants and schools, along with amenities such as grocery stores and fitness centers. read more...

The new site will eventually award each city block a letter grade based on the reviews it gets from visitors to the site based on the location's rating on categories such as crime, transit, retail, restaurants, schools and other lifestyle amenities likely to matter to would-be residents. read more...

On the Internet, you can dole out stars and write reviews for doctors, hotels, restaurants, and even your evil employer. Now a Cambridge start-up, BlockAvenue, will do the same for the street where you live. The site is to be launched this week, and, after getting a sneak peek of the company's demo, I have two thoughts: It's very cool, and it's destined to cause controversy. read more...

If you need a good restaurant, coffee shop, hotel, mechanic or daycare recommendation, you go to Yelp. But what about if you want find a recommendation for a city block? Not just the retailers on the block, but the block in its entirety. BlockAvenue, the Cambridge-based startup that aims to give each and every city block a rating. read more...

It's nicely done... neighborhood is online real estate's final frontier. read more...

Their goal is to build a comprehensive database of reviews for every city block in the country (and maybe world?). A pretty ambitious goal - but nothing worth doing is easy. read more...

Tony Longo noticed a surprising lack of information around location. "We've seen awesome companies like Zillow and Trulia who have done an unbelievable job of bringing data to the forefront," he says. "One huge gap that I've witnessed is information on location, which is very sparse and it's not aggregated." read more...

Launching today, BlockAvenue from Cambridge, MA. plans to take on the literal world of location based everything. They have utilized a massive amount of data points to give the user an actual interpretation of a real neighborhood. It has a powerful potential when it can be used by the public to determine the value or lack thereof regarding their neighborhood or potential neighborhood. read more...

A startup that intends to provide information that affect the value of a location - including local businesses, crime, transit, schools and sex offenders, BlockAvenue announced its launch today from its Cambridge headquarters. read more...

The startup has collected data on factors like schools, crime, restaurants and transportation - including bus, train, and ferry routes, bike sharing availability, Zipcar proximity, and nearby parking garages - for blocks across the United States. It's been operating in a private alpha mode for the past few months to collect user reviews in Boston, New York, and DC, the cities it will be focusing on at first. read more...

(translated from orig. Chinese) Beijing is great, but sometimes it's hard to find a suitable place to live. Here is where U.S. based start-up BlockAvenue provides a valuable service. read more...

Navigating BlockAvenue's maps is a fresh way to build an understanding of a city's neighborhoods - especially for someone looking for a place to rent or buy. You can explore whether a given block has the right transit connections, sufficient bars, and a tolerable crime rate. Visitors to the site can also write reviews of blocks they live on, or are familiar with, and add even more information to BlockAvenue's database, rating a block on matters like noise, cleanliness, traffic levels, and community spirit read more...

BlockAvenue is a new local startup that is currently in its beta version, but is sure to be the coolest application around! Block Ave's Blog mantra is 'Street Life Gossip on Our City Blogs,' and plans to be a site where users can review their own neighborhoods and streets. Word of mouth is the greatest tool when researching a new neighborhood and this app will put all of that information at our fingertips. read more...

Whether you're a local history buff, looking to move somewhere new or just want to know what's up with your block there's a startup incubating at DogPatch Labs in Boston for you. That startup is called BlockAvenue and it's going to be your one stop shop for anything and everything about your neighborhood. read more...

So you really want to know what it's like inside one of the best technology incubator spaces in the country? Well, allow me to introduce the one, the only, One Cambridge Center, home to Dogpatch Labs and Techstars. read more...

It takes amazing minds and talent to grow up an idea and make it come to fruition. Building a great company first takes building a team of interrelated simple genius. BlockAvenue has that potential in their secret. As a part of DogPatchLabs in Boston, MA., they are bringing their product to market to revolutionize your experience and interaction in your immediate neighborhood. read more...

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