You Are Here: NYC

Mapping the Soul of the City

Katharine Harmon


     7 × 10 in (17.8 × 25.4 cm)
192 pages
200 color illustrations
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616895266

Maps are magical. Every graphic, like every story, has a point of view, and New York is rife with mapmaking possibilities, thick with mythology, and glutted with history. You Are Here: NYC assembles some two hundred maps charting every inch and facet of the five boroughs, depicting New Yorks of past and present, and a city that never was. "A Nightclub Map of Harlem" traces a boozy night from the Radium and the Cotton Club to the Savoy and then the Lafayette; "Wonders of New York" pinpoints three hundred sites of interest, including the alleged location of Captain Kidd's buried treasure; the Ghostbusters subway map plots the route from Astral Projections Place to Stay Puft Street; and a rejected proposal of ornate topiaries illustrates a Central Park that might have been. This sequel to the best-selling You Are Here includes original essays by Bob Mankoff, Maria Popova, Sarah Boxer, and Rebecca Cooper, among others.

Katharine Harmon is an author, editor, curator, and frequent speaker on the topic of maps in art (and art in maps). She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Editorial Reviews

Real Simple:

"Beautiful, intricate, and informative, these maps are sure to school even lifelong New Yorkers."

Time Out New York:

"These are SO much better than an MTA subway map. it's seriously awesome: There's everything from a nerd's guide to the city to a breakdown of the totally unrealistic apartments on Friends."

Fast Co. Design:

"The maps are concerned much more with the psychic quality of a city than the physical topography--a type of map Harmon has seen on the rise over the past decade, even as big data and Google Maps have made precision mapping easier than ever. These maps aren't wayfinding tools--GPS apps have that covered. Rather, they're alternate ways of seeing a city."


"Contrary to the concept that a map's purpose is to find the best route from point A to point B, the images in Harmon's book are an invitation into another kind of cartography--one that includes the mapmakers' relationship to the past, the present, and, above all, the imagination."

Library Journal:

"A wonderful treat for New Yorkers and for lovers of geography--and cartography-inspired looks at life in the past and today. Fans of Harmon's similar but broader previous gems will snap up this new work."

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