Book Review: Manhattan in Maps

Book Review: Manhattan in Maps

This beautiful book, Manhattan in Maps: 1527 – 1995  by Robert Augustyn and Paul Cohen, is sadly out of print, a sorry fate for such a beautiful book. Used copies are available at ridiculously cheap prices. I bought mine on Amazon for about $10, probably a mere...
They Built Queens Upside Down & Backwards

They Built Queens Upside Down & Backwards

New York, meaning Manhattan, was laid out by the genius Commissioners of 1811. They designed a city that didn’t exist yet. In those days New York was a village at the southern tip of the island. But the result was that everybody knew where the streets would go...
The Smallest Town You’ll Ever Get Lost In

The Smallest Town You’ll Ever Get Lost In

Navigating around a town of about 25,000 should be pretty easy. Often I can do it without a map–after all, how hard can it be to find 1435 N. Fourth St.? But they broke the mold when they made Kingston, NY, population 23,893. Located along the Hudson River in...
City of Broad Shoulders

City of Broad Shoulders

  Chicago, that city of broad shoulders, is as Cartesian a city as can be imagined (excepting, perhaps, Salt Lake City). With eight blocks to a mile, and 60 house numbers to a block, any address can be reduced to a set of x-y coordinates. Indeed, there are...