Artists: Help Draw The "New Littles" New Map

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 06:00 AM

Over the course of our New Littles project, we've identified some of New York's overlooked ethnic communities. Now, we want artists and illustrators to draw a new neighborhood map. Our favorites will be featured on the WNYC website and on-air during the Brian Lehrer Show. Upload your artwork directly below, or post a link in the comments page. Deadline for submission is Monday, July 11th. Here are some of the neighborhoods you may want to include (though you can obviously include others you know about):

»» Little Colombia in Jackson Heights, Queens (See Map | Listener Tip!)

»» Little Italy in Astoria, Queens (See Map | Listener TipOn Air!)

»» Little Ecuador in Elmhurst and Corona, Queens (See Map | On Air!)

»» Little Pakistan in Coney Island, Brooklyn (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Guyana in Richmond Hill, Queens (See Map | Listener TipOn Air!)

»» Little Thailand in Elmhurst, Queens (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Panama in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Albania in Staten Island (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Haiti in Canarsie, Brooklyn (See Map Listener Tip!)

»» Little Germany in Glendale, Queens (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Senegal in Highbridge, Bronx or Fort Greene, Brooklyn (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Tibet in Woodside, Queens (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Turkey in East 40s, Manhattan (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Brazil in Astoria, Queens (Listener Tip!)

»» Little Liberia in Staten Island (Listener TipOn Air!)

»» Little Uzbekistan in Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn (Listener TipOn Air!)


  • Start by playing around with our interactive New Littles google map.
  • Draw the map however you'd like.
  • Depict the whole city, or just one borough or neighborhood.
  • Call your neighborhood whatever you'd like. Prefer "Little Bogota" to "Little Colombia"? That's fine. Just make sure your name matches with the information we're gathering in our project.
  • Include whichever "littles" you want.
  • Not sure how to depict a particular neighborhood or country of origin? Share your ideas in the comments section.

Need inspiration? Here's a slideshow of some illustrated maps.

USA Roadside Attractions Map (Full Size)

The New Yorker's 2001 "New Yorkistan" cover by Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz (More Info)

New York State Cartoon Map by Kevin Middletown (Full Size)

Brooklyn Neighborhood Map from Mappery (Full Size)

Manhattan Tourist Map from Mappery (Full Size)


Cartoon 1950's Embroidered Map (Full Size)

Produced by:

Jody Avirgan

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Comments [10]


Does anyone know about any Scandinavian neighborhoods?

Jul. 16 2011 09:06 AM

We've been in touch with all the artists. If you submitted and haven't heard back from us, send an email to blshow at wnyc dot org. Thanks!

Jul. 15 2011 02:11 PM
john from brooklyn

We submitted a map to your "New Littles" project and wanted to confirm that you received it. Are you planning on sending confirmation emails? Thanks.

Jul. 13 2011 11:15 AM

We'll start looking at the entries on Tuesday morning, the 12th, so anytime on Monday is fine. As for file size, you can upload a preview size for now in jpeg format, and we'll be back in touch with you directly to get display-size versions. Thanks!

Jul. 07 2011 10:10 AM
john from brooklyn

I understand that the deadline is Monday, July 11 but what time do we have to submit by? (6pm?) Also, what are the file and format requirements? (PDF, 24x36, 300dpi?) Should we size the file so it can be printed poster size? Thanks.

Jul. 06 2011 10:45 AM

It's up to you! Obviously there isn't just one pocket of Thai immigrants in the city. The map is simply a reflection of census data, while listener tips are obviously anecdotal. I tend to trust the eyes and ears on the ground, so might go with the listener tip. But really, it's your call.

Jul. 01 2011 08:54 AM
AJZ from greenpoint

Hi there,
question for you. when you use the interactive map to find little thailand, it takes you to a completely different location from the listeners tip section. which should I illustrate? the location suggested by the listener, in this case elmhurst queens, or the map that is presented by using the "interactive new little's google map"? thanks so much.

Jun. 30 2011 06:10 PM

So, artists with years of education and experience are expected to do this work without monetary compensation just for the "glory and publicity" of being on the website? Some vague sense that it could potentially lead to notice or future work will not pay my rent or health insurance. I am tired of artists all the time being asked to create editorial content for free. WNYC should make a contest for corporate accountants, to see who can most efficiently manage the station's budget.

Jun. 30 2011 11:16 AM

The deadline for submission is Monday, July 11th. We'll have more details about where we may display the project soon. Thanks!

Jun. 22 2011 01:18 PM
Nina Talbot from Flatbush, Bklyn

Is there a deadline for submitting designs?

Jun. 22 2011 11:44 AM

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