- Map: 1 pages
- Publisher: Streetwise Maps (March 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886705976
- ISBN-13: 978-1886705975
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 288 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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About the Author
STREETWISE® is the first map to be designed with modern graphics and is the originator of the laminated, accordion-fold map format. We've set the standard that every map company has imitated but never duplicated. Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, to make you feel safe in a place where you've never been before and to enable you to experience a familiar place more fully.
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.
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I took a star away because the neighborhoods just aren't marked well enough. Areas like Chelsea or the E. Village should be more clearly marked. It was nice to see the relatively new Highline on the map, but I think a blow-up box of some of these places would be nice, too.
Overall, a good map, but I think there is room for a better one.
I truth, I find various NYC transit apps to be as useful, and far more easily accessible on the fly. BUT I tend to sort my routing ahead of actually leaving to go out. The map or app would come in handy for me actually on the train only if there's a train or transit problem. BUT you'll stand out like a tourist if you're waving this thing about in public- and somebody could get hurt! It's THAT big!
Seriously tho- Using an app on the fly, you'll look like everyone else on the train absorbed in their phone. Plus most subway cars have transit maps on the wall... An app will load the transit map into your phone and you can access the map itself even without internet or mobile connection- the updates, alerts etc you'll need connectivity for. I actually found that simply asking brought not only nice interactions with folks, but also that people are generally very helpful!
This map is but one quite useful tool among others. The visuals alone help tremendously in getting to know train routes, street crossings, and the general lay of the land.
Streetwise Manhattan is totally worth the couple bucks- but get the apps, too.
It's really durable and small, so it's easy to toss in your day bag and go. Maybe best of all is that the map has a laminated feel to it. When family visits, or when my husband and I have things we want to see and do, we use a wet-erase marker to mark stores or other attractions so they're easy to find. The wet-erase marker comes off with a damp paper towel, but doesn't rub off in our bags or on our hands while we run errands.k
Tourists should know that this map doesn't include any other borough other than Manhattan, so if you're planning to travel outside Manhattan, you may consider buying maps of the other boroughs or finding an MTA map.
The labels are very clear, although lettering can be small. Northern Manhattan is on the back of the map, but that was not a problem. I was happy to find small streets clearly labeled. The list of main attractions in the back also helped a lot, specially when planning the itinerary for the next couple of days.
The map itself is very sturdy and holds up well. I threw it in my backpack and walked around town, and it did not tear nor fold.