Maps are more than just tools to help you navigate through a city, they’re geographical works of art. The oldest known map date back to 2300 B.C., and since then, maps have evolved and cartography has developed into something similar to an art form. You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City by Katharine Harmon is a tribute to the beautiful art maps that have helped city-goers in NYC navigate their city over the years.
The book, which goes on sale today, includes over 200 maps of the city between 1600 and 2015. In its pages, you’ll be able to find images of Andy Warhol’s Central Park map, Christopher Mason’s subway bacteria map, and John Cage’s waltz map, as well as essays written by Becky Cooper, Bob Mankoff, and many more.
If you ever wanted to understand the history of NYC, You Are Here gives you a unique view of how the landscape of the city has changed through the years. The book includes maps like the 1950s proposed subway bomb shelter map (I had no idea that was even a thing), and even a photo map from the International Space Station.