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My wife and I are making the big move to the real (NY) city from Boston in the next month. (Go Red Yankee Sox :D )

I am wondering if there are any opinions on the best map book/ single sheet map for NYC. We are heading down to look for a place to live this weekend so this should be something that can be easily acquired...

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The redesigned Hagstrom isn't bad, including house numbers.

John Tauranac published a block-by-block atlas of Manhattan that's useful, though it isn't the prettiest map ever published.

You'll probably eventually want to get Identity Map's detailed maps of Manhattan just for the joy of poring over them, but they're a little expensive and unwieldy for carrying around. You can get those at Hagstrom's store on 43rd Street just east of Sixth Ave. Are you looking at Manhattan or Brooklyn or both?
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This is my next project. I will be working on Manhattan map for the next year or so. There are many small folded maps of Manhattan and some are really bad. My map will be two sided 30" x 46" and a wall map over 7 feet tall. The hardest part is collecting all the business locations. The first day I went out there, I was hunked to death by cabbies when I tried to marked the names and locations of places on the screen. Now I drive down there in the middle of the night where most traffic is from delivery trucks. Hagstrom Maps are some of the ugliest maps out there, well at least the once of NY.

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Are you looking at Manhattan or Brooklyn or both?

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Astoria & Long Island City, across the East River with views of Manhattan

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I'm going to throw out the suggestion of the 'Not For Tourist' map.

It was a little pocket map book, that really wasn't for tourist. It was meant for a local to carry around with them. It showed locations of ATMs, drug stores, restaurants, etc. Pretty detailed little book for someone that lives in the city. I think it covered all of NYC, and not just Manhatten.

I recently saw them for Los Angeles (although it was a much bigger book, both in pages, and in size). I always thought that, if I was moving to NYC, I'd want to have this book to help me get around.
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David,

I have both the 2004 and 2006 NYC NFT and they are quite good. I've also used the Chicago one and
looked over the Boston one. I was hoping to get something more complete. NFT is good for a visit or to find a restaurant but I want to get whatever the delivery guys are using.

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It's very hard to find building-level detail outside Manhattan. Incentra did a Manhattan building map in the late 80s that showed a little of LIC and Sunnyside, but I think they're gone now.

A real oddity in my collection is a Bollmann axonometric view of lower Manhattan published in 1964 for the World's Fair. Though my edition is dated 1984, nothing seems to have been updated. The back side is a fairly handsome street map that goes all the way east to Flushing, with northern Brooklyn and a bit of the Bronx. Absent the 63rd Street tunnel, it's probably not very helpful to you, though.

I agree with Beaver about the old Hagstrom maps, but I don't think the new ones are terrible and they're about the only thing out there for Queens.

You do know about NYCMap, right? http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/mp/Portal.do
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David,

I have both the 2004 and 2006 NYC NFT and they are quite good. I've also used the Chicago one and 
looked over the Boston one. I was hoping to get something more complete. NFT is good for a visit or to find a restaurant but I want to get whatever the delivery guys are using.

mg

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Of course, this could be an opportunity to enter the market by producing the map yourself... :P
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David,

I have both the 2004 and 2006 NYC NFT and they are quite good. I've also used the Chicago one and 
looked over the Boston one. I was hoping to get something more complete. NFT is good for a visit or to find a restaurant but I want to get whatever the delivery guys are using.

mg

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Of course, this could be an opportunity to enter the market by producing the map yourself... :P

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Just got the Queens NFT today with a pretty good Queens foldout map.

Got a place on the NW in Astoria near the Beer Garden.



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We have building data for every borough. (For you non-New Yorkers, NYC has 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. Manhattan is also known as New York County, Brooklyn is Kings County, and Staten Island is Richmond County.)

We make detailed maps for all sorts of clients. The most complex maps are for real estate companies, that label specific buildings by name and address.

We usually do maps at a neighborhood scale, unless it is for a large client with a large budget. The hardest data to get is the list of building names, that is, the names that people will recognize. Sometimes we will geocode a business directory to include a specific type of building on a map.

Each of our projects is for a particular client, so their audience determines what we will include. The variations are pretty much endless. Each person sees New York in a different way.

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Danielle,

Who do you work for and can you post some examples of your work?

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The company is CommunityCartography. We have a sample building map at http://www.comcarto....tonferrymap.pdf. (This map is supposed to be included in the National Geographic Atlas coming out next week). There are a few more samples if you look around the ComCarto site and my personal page.

I don't really have a favorite (retail) map of NYC. If I'm going somewhere new, I will usually make a quick map of the location with subway stops on it.

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Anybody seen this yet.

http://www.inman.com...s.aspx?ID=55297

http://preview.local.live.com/




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