11 7 / 2013

TONIGHT! I’ll be speaking at the Mid-Manhattan Library (455 Fifth Avenue ACROSS from the big famous building with the lions) at 6:30pm. Beat the heat, duck the rain and come talk maps! The event is FREE and books will be available for purchase and signing after. 

TONIGHT! I’ll be speaking at the Mid-Manhattan Library (455 Fifth Avenue ACROSS from the big famous building with the lions) at 6:30pm. Beat the heat, duck the rain and come talk maps!

The event is FREE and books will be available for purchase and signing after. 

16 5 / 2013

Come join me—and mapmakers Liana Finck, Matt Green, and Eugene Drucker— tonight for Mapping Manhattan’s first Brooklyn public event! Whiskey generously provided by Tuthilltown Spirits. 
More info here. 

Come join me—and mapmakers Liana Finck, Matt Green, and Eugene Drucker— tonight for Mapping Manhattan’s first Brooklyn public event! Whiskey generously provided by Tuthilltown Spirits. 

More info here

18 4 / 2013

Can’t promise that this map from the gorgeous Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio is suitable for the kiddies. 

Can’t promise that this map from the gorgeous Australian supermodel Nicole Trunfio is suitable for the kiddies. 

11 4 / 2013

My grandfather, Irwin Cooper, was a Broadway and jazz drummer in the 1950s and ’60s in New York, and a member of the Local 802—the musicians’ union. 
This map by Local 802’s Allegro columnist, Bill Crow, makes the jazz of my grandfather’s New York come alive again. You can read Crow’s monthly Bandroom Columns here. 

My grandfather, Irwin Cooper, was a Broadway and jazz drummer in the 1950s and ’60s in New York, and a member of the Local 802—the musicians’ union. 

This map by Local 802’s Allegro columnist, Bill Crow, makes the jazz of my grandfather’s New York come alive again. You can read Crow’s monthly Bandroom Columns here

31 3 / 2013

By poet, playwright and short-story author Louis Phillips. 
TWO DAYS!

By poet, playwright and short-story author Louis Phillips

TWO DAYS!

28 3 / 2013

Map from Peter Sylvester, a talented photographer who tends bar at Old Town on 18th Street. In continuous operation since 1892, it’s one of the oldest bars in the City.  

Map from Peter Sylvester, a talented photographer who tends bar at Old Town on 18th Street. In continuous operation since 1892, it’s one of the oldest bars in the City.  

27 3 / 2013

Love this representation of the way a city can come to feel like a ghost town, haunted with memories. 

Love this representation of the way a city can come to feel like a ghost town, haunted with memories. 

26 3 / 2013

25 3 / 2013

24 3 / 2013

From the West Village’s hat lady. 

23 3 / 2013

Dear Map Giver,

When you handed me this blank map it was my first real day in New York City. I’m from New Mexico and I was there for my sister’s wedding. I had a week to explore the city before the wedding. The map you gave me became a sort of theme for my trip. I wanted to fill that map with so many memories that would make the map full and interesting. I didn’t want to let you down. [<—you definitely didn’t. thank you!]

This extra paper will act as a kind of “key” to the map of some of the highlights.

#1 —> [roller skate] -> I danced at a disco roller skate dance party in Central Park for about an hour. Apparently it happens weekly. Dancing with me was a guy in a fruit costume. He had big fake boobs and a parrot.

#2 —> [smile] —> I ran into a friend from New Mexico. Neither of us knew the other was in New York. His name is Dylan.

#3 —> [$] —> I went to Occupy Wall Street twice. The first time I walked from the protest to actual Wall Street and started crying after seeing all the men in suits and ties. The second time I got to hear the protesters speak. It was pretty inspirational. Now that I am home there is an Occupy Albuquerque. It’s interesting to see how the protest has spread. 

 #4—> [water] —> I sat on the dock for the boat that takes people to the Statue of Liberty (it was late at night so we could get away with it). I sat there with a good friend from from art school and totally geeked out on life.

#5 —> [boxed star] —> Me and my friend were dressed up like lizards. We painted our faces and put on loads of glitter. At Times Square we tried to get into other people’s photographs. We got into probably 50 photographs. Eventually tourist families from all around the world started asking us if we would get into their photographs.

#6 —> [<—>] —> My sister was staying  in a super fancy hotel. She had a ladies’ night. We learned how to do the sissy brunch [?] and put good smelling herbs into pouches for the wedding.

#7 —> [pink, green, red stripes] —> In the fashion district, I went to an incredible store called Evolution, where they have loads of skeletons and [?] and weird things. Also saw one of my favorite bands at Errre [?] play.

#8 —> [purple and red hatching] —> Tried to find Williamsburg. Found the wrong part and later returned to an amazing art opening to see a friend and go to the closing of an art collective.

Thanks for the map. Enjoy!

P.S. My geography is prolly kinda off

New York City is sorta the opposite of New Mexico 

22 3 / 2013

I&#8217;m pretty sure this map marks Levain Bakery and their chocolate chip cookies. Have you had one of them? This cartographer knows what he/she&#8217;s talking about. 

I’m pretty sure this map marks Levain Bakery and their chocolate chip cookies. Have you had one of them? This cartographer knows what he/she’s talking about. 

21 3 / 2013

20 3 / 2013

19 3 / 2013

Map from Stephen Wolf&#8217;s teenage daughter, Lily. I love that she rebelled by refusing to use the map. 
Also: &#8220;best urban outfitters!&#8221;, &#8220;first not-ear piercing&#8221; in the east village (St. Mark&#8217;s, I&#8217;m going to guess), and &#8220;old hippies + bad beatles tributes&#8221;? Ha. What more could you ask for from a teenager&#8217;s map? 

Map from Stephen Wolf’s teenage daughter, Lily. I love that she rebelled by refusing to use the map. 

Also: “best urban outfitters!”, “first not-ear piercing” in the east village (St. Mark’s, I’m going to guess), and “old hippies + bad beatles tributes”? Ha. What more could you ask for from a teenager’s map?