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.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Upper Manhattan recognisable.

After extensive trolling this weekend, I have continuity from 60th St to the top of Inwood. Very happy, this is going to be the final shape of the thing but I have a whole summer of trolling ahead of me to fill in all the tidy gaps. Thanks to the nice lady at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and a gorgeous map called 'Landmarks of Harlem.'

Barton Vodka should be avoided at all costs, even at $2.25 for a half pint. It gives you a hangover before you've sobered up.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Inwood revisit

I went back today and this is my new progress, for those of you interested in the process. I also got a big beautiful map from Audubon that I fear will get obliterated entirely. I like Inwood and Washington Heights so much I wanted to keep them precious and perfect but the map does whatever it wants and its turning into mayhem like the rest of it.

The best tacos I ever had off a cart on Sherman and Dyckman.

The A still runs very badly even up there.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Inwood make!

I got tired of trolling either side of Central Park fruitlessly searching for dreary maps of fancy pet shops, shops selling baby clothes and Italian restaurants and seek the greener pastures of Inwood. A beautiful part of Manhattan juxtaposing massive tenements set amidst tranquil greenery on one side of Broadway and teeming commercial activity on the other side. I only got a sniff of its arse yesterday as you can see from the map but I'm going back tomorrow to get a better look.

I took a picture of this darling little Irish bar I came across and the festive Irish poster there in the window. I didn't go in, I was too afraid. Maybe next time.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What maps would a celebrity have?

If one had access to the kitchen of a celebrity, say for example, Tim Robbins, what maps would you find? A bunch of maps of restaurants in Brooklyn Heights you would find. Unfortunately all on top of each other so I could use only one. Still... nice trivia.

Friday, April 2, 2010


For weeks I've been trying to find anything of the Upper West Side to no avail and then in the midst of a day-time drinking haze I find this crazy book of maps- published by Globe-Trotter, written in Japanese for visitors to NYC. From river to river almost to 125th st. Good stuff. Is it cheating because it's such a big map. Hopefully not, I use the big map as a template and typically it is covered up with the little maps. Given the dearth of culture, shopping, restaurants etc around the tree-lined retirement avenues here, it might be all there is.

Also I severed upper Manhattan from the lower while I work on it because the file was so huge it kept crashing my computy.