By Becky Cooper
Armed with enormous quantities of clean maps she had painstakingly published via hand, Becky Cooper walked long island from finish to finish. alongside her trip she met cops, homeless humans, type versions, and senior voters who had lived in long island all their lives. She requested the strangers to map their new york” and to mail the customised maps again to her. quickly, her P.O. field was once jam-packed with a cartography of intimate narratives: earlier loves, misplaced houses, youth thoughts, comical moments, and awesome confessions. A fantastically illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to manhattan, Mapping Manhattan comprises seventy five maps from either nameless mapmakers and impressive New Yorkers, together with Man on cord aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and plenty of more.
compliment for Mapping Manhattan:
What an interesting project.”The big apple Times
A soft cartographic love letter to this undying urban of a number of dimensions, parallel realities, and perpendicular views.” Brain Pickings
Cooper’s appealing venture linking the lives of recent Yorkers is one who will proceed to grow.” Publishers Weekly online
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This attachment requires no particular creative energy. It just happens. Even a map of the most ordinary “found” kind—that map of Schenectady you needed when you went on a bus trip—becomes filled with a particular time’s particular pleasure. And (this is the truly weird thing) the more limited the map, the bigger the feelings it evokes. I can’t see the métro map of Paris, or hear the roster of its stops—Château Rouge, Gare de l’Est, Château d’Eau—without feeling myself in Paris on a summer Sunday on the way to the flea market.
They’re all biased in some way. Even the subway map of New York—the iconic John Tauranac blue-beige one that hangs in every subway car—is distorted. Manhattan is squished. Downtown luxuriates while poor Inwood and Washington Heights, served only by the 1 and A trains, are forced to fit into a fraction of the space they would actually take. And yet, for many, this map is New York City. Five years ago, I accidentally became a cartographer. The summer after my freshman year of college, I was hired to design a 90-inch-long map of all the public art in Manhattan.
From there, it runs in an almost perfectly straight line the rest of the way to Inwood, jumps over the Broadway Bridge, and goes up through the Bronx, Yonkers, and Sleepy Hollow before disappearing into Route 9. It used to be a Native American path, cut through the brush and swamps of old Mannahatta, called the Wickquasgeck Trail. When the Dutch came, they took it as their main highway and gave it many names: Wagen Weg (Wagon Way), de Heere Straat (Gentleman’s Street), and Brede Weg (Broad Way).