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Streetwise Manhattan Map - Laminated City Street Map of Manhattan, New York - Folding pocket size travel map with subway map, bus map Map – Folded Map, March 1, 2016
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'STREETWISE is an absolute travel essential.' --Travel + Leisure Magazine
'In a strange city, your sense of direction is only as good as the map in your hands. The best maps to carry are published by STREETWISE.' --Chicago Daily Herald
About the Author
The company was founded in 1984 by Michael Brown, who had been in international publishing for many years, setting up subsidiaries for textbook publishers. In the 1970's, Brown traveled extensively throughout Africa, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Brown would take a large paper map, cut out the city center, folded it up and slip it into his pocket, thus preventing him from looking like a tourist in areas where discretion is the better part of travel. This was his tool for surviving.
After many years on the road, Brown settled back in New York and decided to start his own business, based on the adaptations he had made to maps in his travels. His goal was to give someone the ability to navigate easily in unfamiliar terrain.
He started with a new map format: the accordion fold. Such a simple idea, but at the time it was revolutionary. No more struggling to fold an awkward, oversized paper map. This new format would enable the user to blend in like a native, instead of stick out like a tourist. Brown then added lamination to ensure that the map would be a lasting tool.
More important than the format was the design of the map itself. It had to be a map that not only succeeded above and beyond any map he had used, but was esthetically appealing as well. The look of it had to be as striking as the functionality. Color was introduced in a way that was never seen before in a map - vivid purple for water, soothing gray for the background of street grids, gold to highlight elements of the map. Clarity, conciseness and convenience in a very stylish package.
Building the business was a 24 hour job. Brown sold the maps during the day, zipping around Manhattan making deliveries on his Harley Davidson. At night he packed the orders and did the design work. More titles were added, each title requiring months of research and design.
Today, STREETWISE® produces over 130 titles for major destinations, regions and countries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and Asia. We have grown from the back of a motorcycle to selling millions of maps around the world.
Yet each title is still painstakingly researched and updated. STREETWISE® is one of the only, if not THE only map company that conducts research by walking or driving an area to ensure accuracy. After all, what good is the map if what you hold in your hands doesn't match what you see on the street sign? This lengthy fact checking results in superior accuracy; in effect, we've done the work, now you have the adventure.
In the end, it's not about the map, it's about getting out and finding your own authentic experience wherever you go. It's about being in a city or a region and discovering things that you never thought you would find. You can do this if you have confidence and you have confidence if you have a great map. STREETWISE® is the great map that you need.
Top Customer Reviews
I've been using this map since it first came out, and have given away more copies than I can count. I keep a map in each of two briefcases and one in my backpack. I use it several times a month to plot subway routes or to get my bearings in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
I've lived in NYC for thirty-six years, and this is the map I couldn't do without. Great product.
I love them so much I even have one for the city I live in!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was underwhelmed when this arrived. I thought it was too small.
I just spent three days in Manhattan where it did an amazing job. Read more
You need a magnifying glass to see the layout. You are better off going to a Barnes & Noble and pick up a bigger and better layout. Not happy with it.Published 14 days ago by The Guardian
Got this for my granddaughter when she went to NY. Extremely helpful.Published 1 month ago by Ellen Romero
Don't know what I would have done without this map. We just went over Spring Break for 5 days, and this was perfect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy Chandler
So worth it!!!!! Tony enough to keep in our small purse and so helpful.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Best map!!! Went to NYC for a week in April and it was great this map did not leave my hands. It's laminated so the wind and rain did nothing to it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ajamm