Why is New York City open data still so slow and hard to use?

See https://data.cityofnewyork.us/Housing-Development/bayridge-hotel-demolition-permit/3zh9-iekr

This shows the permit for demolition in Bayridge Brooklyn NY at 2501 86th St

2501 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Last Action: PERMIT ISSUED - ENTIRE JOB/WORK 02/06/2024 (R)

Application received on: 03/03/2023

Why is government open data tools so slow and hard to use?

You're right, many government open data tools suffer from being slow and hard to use. Unfortunately, there's no single simple answer, but rather a mix of factors at play:

Funding and Staffing:

Bureaucracy and Procurement:

User-Centric Design:

Data Challenges:

Fortunately, there are efforts to address these challenges:

While progress is being made, making government open data truly accessible and user-friendly remains a complex and ongoing challenge.