Micropolis: Mapping Love, Hate & Loss in Manhattan

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What's with this city, that we endlessly dissect it, glorify it, wonder how exactly we fit into it?

It's such a strange, narcissistic thing to do but it's kind of irresistible too. So the other day I went on a walk with Becky Cooper, the author of a new book, 'Mapping Manhattan,' and Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker, who wrote the introduction. 

'Mapping Manhattan' is a crowdsourcing project -- Becky handed out blank maps of Manhattan to regular New Yorkers, celebrities like Yoko Ono, people on Tumblr -- asking them all to fill in their memories of the city.

But it was also a great excuse to walk down Broadway and talk about our favorite town: how, for instance, the street grid system fosters acceptance of newcomers.

Listen to the Micropolis segment above. 

Or visit the "Mapping Manhattan" site to upload your own map.


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Comments [3]

Melanie from Jackson Heights

I like this feature, enjoyed the discussion, but could we stop equating New York City with Manhattan? Today's conversation about New York City's grid, the way it, as a city, doesn't fade into suburbs like most other cities, etc., was only true for one borough, not for our entire wonderful, expansive, multifaceted city.In my 40 years as a New Yorker, I've lived in 3 of the 5 boroughs (yes, even Manhattan), and I know that we are all New Yorkers. It's part of our greatness.

May. 16 2013 02:53 AM

Why? The brilliant celebration of glorious, glorious solipsism? (City of peacocks?)

Fun story and project.

May. 15 2013 11:35 AM
Jenny Lam

Neat. Love New York, love maps, love interactive art. Reminds me of a mapping project of Manhattan I did a while back, based on dreams New Yorkers mailed to me via postcards they found and filled out:

May. 15 2013 04:41 AM

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