Here at across106thstreet we absolutely love maps. We go crazy for them. In fact, we’ll just be blunt–we are total cartographic nerds. While some parents work hard all their life so their kids can proudly become doctors, lawyers, or professors, my folks busted their butts so this 106thstreeter could study…yup, geography.
From very rare maps of New York from 1770 to high concept map blogs, we just can’t get enough cartography in our lives. But there’s one special map that we hold dear to our hearts: The Big Map on the always excellent Bridge and Tunnel Club website. Full disclosure–two of our favorite people in the world are the geniuses behind this cool site. They love New York and love to show off their unique discoveries even more. The cool thing is that the The Big Map is not something you use on the ground; you can’t even print it out and walk around with it. It’s something you use from the comfort of your own computer screen. You can go on an urban adventure from your heated apartment. And in the middle of February that’s a godsend.
Those far out neighborhoods in Brooklyn that you swear you’ll finally explore when the weather gets above frigid, but never do? The Big Map has them. The parts of Queens you can’t even reach by subway? Yeah, The Big Map covers those ‘hoods as too. That time-tripping historic farm-house you read about in Time Out five years ago? Bingo. Packed with thousands of photos to enhance your exploratory experience, The Big Map is loaded with places and spaces you’ve probably never heard of. The Big Map even has a Get out of Town section which covers the entire globe from Bologna to Bennington to Bangkok. So, what are you waiting for? Go forth ragazzi.