How it all works.

I'm trolling New York City collecting maps from flyers, government reports, informational brochures and such with the notion that all these maps will all somehow join together to create a complete map of NYC. The maps have to exist in real life- no downloads and cannot be rescaled or cut to fit.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Look dat.

I roughly put Manhattan together. It's a devil of a job finding anything for the Upper West Side, another case of 'if you don't know where you are then you've no business being there.'

Maps falling out of the sky

This week the maps have been falling out of the sky, every where I looked there's a map. Trolling China town and Downtown Brooklyn. A special thanks to Rupert from Manhattan Mini Storage who went round the back and got me all the maps of all the stores in Manhattan, even stores who said they didn't have maps. You do, Rupert's got them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Brooklyn Behemoth

While it was rainy I started to make Brooklyn. It's already 45'' across and I haven't really gone into the suburbs yet. Wild. I need a bigger monitor. Working with this wee thing is like painting through a key hole.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The west side of Columbia between 96 and 60

No maps anywhere along the whole avenue. Because Manhattan is built on a tidy little grid, people don't need maps to find a place. Only the Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I started to make this one

but I glued all the maps down as I found them but as I found better or larger maps I found I couldn't edit them so I had to keep them in a folder until I had all of Manhattan covered. One day I will go through through downtown and china town and collect them all again. Given the nature of the maps, it is unlikely that I will find the same maps again. This picture is as far as I got before I quit.

Mapping New York City using found material

A few months ago I started a project mapping New York City using found maps- menu maps, tourist maps, 'we are here' maps and the like. This blog will document the map's progress as well as the wanderings I take to collect the maps.