1970s Map Reveals Worldview According to New Yorkers

Posted On Fri, July 31, 2015 By

Posted On Fri, July 31, 2015 By In Art, City Living, maps

Does anything really exist outside of New York? The creator of this map doesn’t think so. Made in the 1970s by an anonymous artist, this maps depicts the worldview of the stereotypical New Yorker. The greatest city in the world occupies the greatest amount of space on the map, while the rest of the country is reduced to a narrow strip of land. That is, the rest of the country that’s worth acknowledging.

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According to the map, there are very few places in the United States outside of New York. Nothing exists between the West Side and the West coast, while south of Long Island, you’ll only find Texas, Washington D.C., and Miami. At the edge of the map, a few other counties, or rather similarly shaped lumps, vie for space.

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Though very few things beyond the city are worth mentioning, the artist gives everything in Manhattan a spot on the map. City icons like Radio City Music Hall are right on par with Lou’s Cut Rate Luggage and Bob’s Fix It in the typical Manhattanite’s mind. It’s a map that would delight any fan of “Where’s Waldo?”

[Via Citylab]

Map via David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

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