You Are Here: 400 Years Of Beautiful NYC Maps

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 Bronx Museum of the Arts: The Bronx Grand Concourse—A Cultural Map, 2013

The Bronx Museum of the Arts: The Bronx Grand Concourse—A Cultural Map, 2013

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.

Michael Crawford: Three Sympathetic, Absorbent States Volunteer to Serve as NYC Storm Surge Buffers, 2012

Michael Crawford: Three Sympathetic, Absorbent States Volunteer to Serve as NYC Storm Surge Buffers, 2012

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.

The East Village, New York City, 2001

The East Village, New York City, 2001

Katarina Jerinic: Brooklyn Constellations, 2007

Katarina Jerinic: Brooklyn Constellations, 2007

John Cage: 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs

John Cage: 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs

Paula Scher: High Line, 2005

Paula Scher: High Line, 2005

Liu Jianhua: Regular Fragile, 2002-10

Liu Jianhua: Regular Fragile, 2002-10

Tanner Greenring and Jack Shepherd: The Ultimate Nerd Guide to New York City, 2011

Tanner Greenring and Jack Shepherd: The Ultimate Nerd Guide to New York City, 2011

Henry Wellge: Greatest New York, 1911

Henry Wellge: Greatest New York, 1911

NYC Maps

Inaki Aliste Lizarrale: Apartments of Chandler + Joey and Monica + Rachel, 2015

If you want to get your own copy of cartography goodness, pick one up here or here.

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