Well here you have it: a GIF subway map of New York City that shows the subway lines in order of construction, created by Appealing Industries via Paste Magazine. You’ll notice that the first lines to appear are in Brooklyn, rather than the IRT line on Manhattan. The lines in Brooklyn were part of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (later the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation or BMT), created in 1896. They operated along existing surface railways and streetcar lines.
Map via Curbed
Last year, we revealed what were the shortest streets in Manhattan and now Curbed NY has mapped the shortest streets in New York City! It doesn’t get any better than Fun Maps and superlatives. Many streets we’ve included in our list of NYC’s one-block streets like Gay Street, Renwick Street and Hunts Lane. There’s the really difficult to get into Pomander Walk (our photos of the inside here). And the very shortest, Edgar Street (and the close runner up, Mill Lane which has no addresses on it).
We’ve had a slew of (not so) Fun Maps on Untapped Cities recently, like the map of subway bacteria from all of NYC’s stations (yum). Well, here is a look at New York City, should sea levels rise 100 feet. It’s been called a “doomsday scenario” by Business Insider, who broke news of the maps, but the maps themselves have a “Judgmental Maps”-like quality to them. What’s clear is that 1. Mapmaker Jeffrey Linn from Seattle loves puns and 2. Most of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx would be underwater. 3. Staten Island doesn’t count as part of New York City apparently.
New York City is buzzing about the NBA All-Star Game this weekend at Madison Square Garden. Yesterday, we looked at the history of the New York Renaissance team, aka the Harlem Rens, the most famous of the black fives. We also chose this Friday’s event at the Apollo Theater, the 10th Annual All-Star Gospel Celebration as one of our event picks of the week. Our Twitter followers sent us this Fun Map, a history of New York City Basketball released by the NBA. One of the most striking things this map tells you, without even looking at the detail, is the sheer number of NBA players that have come from New York City.
Image via NYPL Digital Collections
We know that Untapped Cities readers, like us, are obsessed with maps. You’ve taken our Fun Maps column to a whole new level these days and we’re loving it. For those that have a penchant for both history and maps, this new tool from the New York Public Library is for you. The NYC Space/Time Directory is like Google Maps but historical, and not just street view from the last ten years. This would be a time slider going back hundreds of years, where you can look up not only what a particular address looked like but also pull in cultural heritage material like old newspaper articles, census data, business directories, vintage photographs, literary references and more.
Someone had to do it, and the Wall Street Journal took on the challenge. Here is a (not so) Fun Map of bacteria found at New York City’s 466 open subway stations, using data collected by Weill Cornell Medical College. The project took 18 months and genetic material was collected from 15,152 different species. According to WSJ, “most of them [are] harmless or unidentified,” and almost half belonged to bacteria. Of that, 67 species were “associated with disease and infections.” Fortunately, a lot of species are good bacteria, keeping the city livable by eating up toxins and hazardous chemicals.