You Are Here: NYC

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You Are Here: NYC
Take a scroll through the slideshow to explore 12 of the 200 artists and maps in Katharine Harmon’s, You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City.
By Kyana Moghadam, AFAR Contributor
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    You Are Here: NYC
    Take a scroll through the slideshow to explore 12 of the 200 artists and maps in Katharine Harmon’s You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City.
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    Nobutaka Aozaki: From Here to There (Manhattan), 2012-ongoing

    When Nobutaka Aozaki, a Japenese artist in New York City, asked strangers for directions, he asked them to draw a map on scrap paper and then assembled them all into a map of Manhattan.

    Photo by Yuriko Katori
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    Liz Hickok: Fugitive Topography: Jelly NYC, 2010 (view from the Staten Island Ferry)

    Liz Hickok created this three-dimensional model of lower Manhattan out of three gel wax. Some of the buildings reach over a foot tall, and when they melt (as Jell-O would), Hickok says the piece reveals “the hidden fragility of the city grid.”

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Henry Wellge: Greatest New York, 1911

    The Birds-eye views became a popular form of cartography in the 1840’s. As you can see from Henry Wellge’s color lithograph of the city, they also required a little imagination—and a ton of skill.

    Courtesy of Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, New York Public Library
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    Michael Crawford: Three Sympathetic, Absorbent States Volunteer to Serve as NYC Storm Surge Buffers, 2012

    If only Idaho, Oklahoma, and Nevada could hop on a plane.

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Paula Scher: High Line, 2005

    If you haven’t been to Manhattan and enjoyed a walk on the High Line, it’s time to book your ticket. While planning the rail-line-turned-park-promenade, more than 700 designs were submitted for consideration—in the end they went with a design by James Corner. Paula Scher of Pentagram Design created this map High Line fundraising efforts.

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Katarina Jerinic: Brooklyn Constellations, 2007

    In Katarina Jerinic’s map, you can trace the constellations of Brooklyn as you would a street route. Jerinic used LED lights, Plexiglas, and an aluminum frame to create this digital chromogenic print—the result of which, is fascinating.

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Liu Jianhua: Regular Fragile, 2002-10

    Teddy bears, boots, boxing gloves, and soap dispensers—these are the type of items that sculptor Liu Jianhua made ceramic replicas of in order to assemble them into a map of Manhattan.

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    John Cage: 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs (1977)

    In 1977, when Rolling Stone magazine was commemorating its move from San Francisco to New York, John Cage created this map—with 49 triangles that each represent a total of 147 sites where anyone can listen to the sounds of a particular composition (which came later, in the form of 147 street addresses of “performer(s) or listener(s) or record maker(s)”).

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Concept by Marc H. Miller, artwork by James Romberger and Marguerite Van Cook, design by Kevin Hein: The East Village, New York City, 2001

    Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, Charlie Parker, and Jimi Hendrix—these are the faces you will see on the map of The East Village, during a time when cheap rents resulted in a neighborhood of brilliant artists and activists.

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Designed by Kevin Waldron, research by Terry Wasserman, additional research and produced by Tamzin Barford. The Bronx Museum of the Arts: The Bronx Grand Concourse—A Cultural Map (2013)

    Along with this illustration, the Bronx Museum created an online interactive version of the map where people can learn about the history of the Grand Concourse (a four-mile-long tree-lined boulevard in the Bronx).

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Tanner Greenring and Jack Shepherd: The Ultimate Nerd Guide to New York City, 2011

    Ever wondered where, exactly, Clark Kent spent his days writing away for The Daily Planet? Or where Nick Fury and the original S.H.I.E.L.D team held their meetings? Now you know—there’s a superhero headquarter or fictional laboratory in every borough (and some, as any TMNT fan knows, underground).

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press
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    Inaki Aliste Lizarralde: Apartments of Chandler + Joey and Monica + Rachel, 2015

    With colored pencil and marker on cardboard, Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde recreated the floor plans of the iconic apartment of Monica and Rachel, and Joey and Ross, to a T—bonus points if you remember who lived in the apartment across from the girl’s balcony.

    Courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press