Discussion & Crafting Event: Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story In Maps By 75 New Yorkers

Discussion & Crafting Event: Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story In Maps By 75 New Yorkers

Thursday May 16, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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These 75 highly intimate maps of Manhattan compose an interesting ode to the city—full of trails of lost gloves, wives, and abandoned apartments. Creator Becky Cooper discusses her project with panelists Matt Green, Liana Finck, and Eugene Drucker.

Contribute to the effort by making your own map! Manhattan’s definitive cocktail, the Manhattan (!), will be served.

About Mapping Manhattan:

“Maps are the places where memories go not to die, or be pinned, but to live forever.”

—Adam Gopnik

 Armed with hundreds of blank maps that had been painstakingly printed by hand, Becky Cooper walked Manhattan from end to end, asking strangers to map their city and mail in the results. Soon, her P.O. box was filled with an atlas of intimate narratives: past loves, childhood memories, and surprising confessions. Some well-known New Yorkers then joined the project, including Yoko Ono, Momofuku chef David Chang, Tony-award winner Harvey Fierstein, and tightrope walker Philippe Petit, as well as the New Yorkers behind New York—the head of the Public Library’s map division, a former police lieutenant who responded to the call on 9/11, and many more.

Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers is a collection of 75 extraordinary maps created by New Yorkers both anonymous and notable. The maps are organized roughly geographically from 228th Street to Battery Park, mostly thematically, and always visually. Interspersed throughout the pages are sketches of everyday New York scenes and anecdotes from the characters Cooper encountered along the way. Together, they form a portrait of Manhattan that vibrantly illustrates that in a city of 8 million people, there are 8 million stories, and 8 million New Yorks.

A book with no true end, Mapping Manhattan features a blank map that invites readers to share their Manhattan and partake in this unconventional public art project.

About the author & the essayist:

Becky Cooper is an award-winning writer and cartographer. Born and raised in Queens, she recently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in comparative literature. She is the creator of the website mapyourmemories.com and lives in New York.




New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik is a three-time National Magazine Award winner and the author of multiple national bestsellers, including Paris to the Moon.


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