Assessment links

Welcome to the assessment department of the WikiProject New York City! This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's New York City articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the ((WikiProject New York City)) project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:New York City articles by quality, Category:New York City articles by importance, Category:New York City articles needing attention. The quality and importance ratings serve as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get my article rated?
As a member of the WikiProject New York City, you can do it yourself. If you are unsure, list it in the requesting an assessment section below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of WikiProject New York City is free to add or change the rating of an article, but please follow the guidelines.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
Where can I get more comments about my article?
Contact Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City who will handle it or assign the issue to someone. You may also list it for a Peer review.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
Relist it as a request or contact Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City who will handle it or assign the issue to someone.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are (see, in particular, the disclaimers on the importance scale), but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department, or to contact the Wikipedia:WikiProject New York City directly.


An article's assessment is generated from the class and importance parameters in the ((WikiProject New York City)) project banner on its talk page. You can learn the syntax by looking at the talk pages in edit mode and by reading the info below.

This is the rating syntax (ratings and dates are samples, change to what applies to the article in question):

((WikiProject New York City))
((WikiProject New York City|class=FA|importance=Top))
((WikiProject New York City|class=Start|importance=Mid|attention=yes))

The following values may be used for the class parameter:

Articles for which a valid class and/or importance is not provided are listed in Category:Unassessed New York City articles. The class should be assigned according to the quality scale below.

The following values may be used for the importance parameter:

The parameter is not used if an article's class is set to NA, and may be omitted in those cases. The importance should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Quality scale

Note: A B-class article should have at least one reference.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance scale

The criteria used for rating article importance are not meant to be an absolute or canonical view of how significant the topic is. Rather, they attempt to gauge the probability of the average reader of Wikipedia needing to look up the topic (and thus the immediate need to have a suitably well-written article on it). Thus, subjects with greater popular notability may be rated higher than topics which are arguably more "important" but which are of interest primarily to students of -- for example -- military history. Importance does not equate to quality; a featured article could rate 'mid' on importance.

Note that general notability need not be from the perspective of editor demographics; generally notable topics should be rated similarly regardless of the country or region in which they hold said notability. Thus, topics which may seem obscure to a Western audience but which are of high notability in other places should still be highly rated. Rate international region/country-specific articles from the perspective of someone from that region.

Article importance grading scheme
Label Criteria Examples
Top Subject is a "core" or "key" topic for New York City, or is generally notable to the public at large. History of New York City
High Subject is notable in a significant and important way within the field of New York City, but not necessarily outside it. Battle of Long Island
Mid Subject contributes to the total subject of the New York City WikiProject. Subject may not necessarily be famous. Many articles will be in this class. Gowanus Canal
Low Subject is not particularly notable or significant even within the field of New York City, and may have been included primarily to achieve comprehensive coverage of another topic. NYU residence halls

Requesting an assessment or re-assessment

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below. If you are interested in more extensive comments on an article, please use the peer review department instead.

  1. 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game --Richiekim (talk) 14:07, 16 May 2012 (UTC), 2013 MLB All Star Game to be awarded to Citi Field.
  2. Zab Judah - Rvk41 (talk) 23:44, 11 June 2008 (UTC) The article has been completely rewritten and it needs a rating.
  3. Fordham University — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shoreranger (talkcontribs)
  4. Transportation in New York City --Momos 22:24, 21 February 2007 (UTC), I've recently spent many hours updating this article with improved source links, revamped layout, new photos, the removal of weasel words, and the addition of new information.
    Now GA. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 13:59, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  5. Culture of New York City --Momos 03:48, 22 February 2007 (UTC), This article has gone through a major overhaul since it was last rated. Major new content has been added, as well as links to sources. Please revisit this article for evaluation.
    Since these two are already at B-level, I'd suggest you check out the criteria for good articles. If they meet the criteria, list the articles at Wikipedia:Good article candidates. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 20:57, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
  6. World Trade Center In the course of my assessment for good article status, I noticed major flaws in the article. It is currently assessed at A grade, and that needs to be reevaluated... --Jayron32|talk|contribs 03:27, 21 March 2007 (UTC)
    Now at B-grade. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 14:01, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  7. Rossville, Staten Island - I believe that the article deserves better than a Start-Class quality scale rating, therefore I would like to request that this rating be re-evaluated and adjusted accordingly. Thank you. 09:32, 27 April 2007 (UTC)
    Now at B-grade. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 14:12, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  8. Dominicans Don't Play -- 09:19, 8 June 2007 (UTC), needs improvement .
    Not in WPNYC. Claims regional importance, so therefore out of scope. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 14:12, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  9. St. John's University (New York City) wondering the rating . work was put in. YoSoyGuapo 14:03, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
    Downgraded to Start-class, needs work to be at B-class. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 12:54, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
  10. Requesting comments, suggestions, and input on Andrew Saul for FA-status at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Andrew Saul. Thanks! MrPrada 21:46, 25 August 2007 (UTC)
    Is this in-scope for WPNYC? --ChrisRuvolo (t) 12:54, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
  11. Requesting an assessment for the New York City Transit Police article that I have cleaned up extensively. Rebel3986 03:08, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
    B-class. Could use a wider set of referenced sources. --ChrisRuvolo (t) 12:54, 30 August 2007 (UTC)
  12. Can someone give a looksee to Dyker Heights as it is all new and the rating should reflect the changes. Thanks! -Cjz208 19:38, 15 November 2007 (UTC)
    B class. Nice article. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:09, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  13. Michael Bloomberg. I would like to know what the importance is, Top or High? --Michael WhiteT·C 20:58, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
    Already assessed as top for this project, and I agree. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:19, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  14. Central Park Mall. I didn't write any of it, but it recently became splendid. Jim.henderson (talk) 02:30, 27 February 2008 (UTC)
    Already rated Start. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:19, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  15. White Sands, Brooklyn --SEJAMc (talk) 23:16, 25 June 2008 (UTC), New article created June 25th, 2008.
    Assesed. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:19, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  16. Cypress Hills National Cemetery, the only national cemetery in the 5 boroughs. I wrote a lot of it, and took the photos. Would like an assessment. 25 June 2009. -- K72ndst (talk) 19:06, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
    Someone rated as High. Reassessed as Mid. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:24, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  17. Glen Oaks, Queens -- (talk) 16:54, 10 September 2009 (UTC), requesting a new assessment. The article is no longer a stub.
  18. 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt -- I'm thinking this has to be a B at this point.--Epeefleche (talk) 21:15, 12 May 2010 (UTC)
    I agree. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:07, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  19. Bronx High School of Science - Requesting an importance rating. --Iankap99 (talk) 21:07, 17 May 2010 (UTC)
    Was already rated as mid-importance, but was misspelled. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:04, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  20. Citi Field - Requesting Quality/Importance ratings. Richiekim (talk) 13:47, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
    Assessed as B class, mid. ScottyBerg (talk) 15:01, 11 August 2010 (UTC)
  21. Annie Lanzillotto Please assess this article. Annie is extremely important to New York City history, especially for Italian American and lesbian identities edit this list
  22. West Street pedestrian bridges H-Man (talk) 16:03, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
    Was already rated as C-class, which I agree with. Nick1372 (talk) 15:38, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
  23. East River Esplanade H-Man (talk) 16:03, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
    Assessed as C-class, low importance. Could use some work in references and needs expansion. Nick1372 (talk) 16:08, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
  24. Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino Park Taxman1913 (talk) 14:51, 23 December 2014 (UTC)
  25. Fordham University needs to be classed as a GA high-importance article here; not sure how this is done. --Drown Soda (talk) 01:57, 5 August 2017 (UTC)
  26. White & Case - Requesting an importance rating. --Elizabeth at WCLLP (talk) 20:21, 11 November 2019 (UTC)