Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers, By Becky Cooper
“Maps are the places where memories go not to die but to live forever.”- Adam Gopnik
Manhattan is a cosmopolis of extremes, people migrate to find the best, in everything- in themselves, in others, and in life generally. Anything is possible, and any new yorker will attest to the intensity and thrill of lifestyle perpetuated by the American Dream...
So Becky Cooper had a thought - Manhattan reimagined as a map of personal thoughts and experiences. She gave out hand printed maps of the island to New Yorkers, asking them to embellish them with their own personal experience of the city, and mail it back to her.
Cooper compiled her results into a book, and we can see from a small excerpt released, the Lower East Side as: 'The first time I was told I was cute' / the Upper West Side: 'chased by a screaming homeless man' / the West Village: 'drugged in a Gay Bar' and The Upper East: 'That painting I loved'.
A narration of interweaving lives being played out through cartography, the results are all at once beautiful and tragic, vulnerable and compelling.
Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers, came out on April 2nd - Cooper will sit down with New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik—who also wrote the foreward to the book—at the 92nd Street Y Tribeca to talk about the book and New York City
Monday, April 29th, 12 p.m. // 92nd Street Y Tribeca // Tickets from $21
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