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Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers

I just found out about this book today (released yesterday, I believe). New York City is so unique, and I (like many others, I’m sure) have such a love-hate relationship with this damn place. How do other people view this city? What do they remember? How do they relate? Where they met their first love? Where they were on 9/11? Their first celebrity sighting? Their first apartment?

About the book:

“Armed with hundreds of blank maps she had painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end. Along her journey she met police officers, homeless people, fashion models, and senior citizens who had lived in Manhattan all their lives. She asked the strangers to “map their Manhattan” and to mail the personalized maps back to her. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with a cartography of intimate narratives: past loves, lost homes, childhood memories, comical moments, and surprising confessions. A beautifully illustrated, PostSecret-style tribute to New York, Mapping Manhattan includes 75 maps from both anonymous mapmakers and notable New Yorkers, including Man on Wire aerialist Philippe Petit, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov, Tony award-winning actor Harvey Fierstein, and many more.”

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