Incredible Hand-Drawn Maps Of New York City

DNU Hand Drawn NYC Map

Photo: Jenni Sparks

When online art vendor commissioned Jenni Sparks to draw a detailed map of New York City including its subway lines and famous landmarks, it was nothing new for the London-based artist.Sparks had already hand-drawn a similar map of London for Harry Hayes, Evermade’s owner.

Much like the Map of London project, the Map of New York took three months for Sparks to complete. Each building had to be researched, neighborhoods toured, and subway lines mapped out before the intense, hand-cramping work had even begun.

The finished print includes Lower Manhattan, Midtown, parts of the Upper West and Upper East Sides, Williamsburg, Long Island City, Central Park, and a bit of Brooklyn and Queens. Sadly, the Bronx, Staten Island, and the remainder of Brooklyn is missing, but perhaps that’s another map for another day.

Both the New York and London maps are for sale on the design store’s website.

Here's the Google Maps satellite image of the neighborhoods Jenni Sparks illustrated.

And a reminder of what the subway lines look like via the New York City MTA.

And now for the hand-drawn map of NYC by Jenni Sparks.

Central Park is a tourist mecca thanks to a zoo, ice skating rinks, a family amusement park, row boats for rent, and plenty of meadows to relax in.

SoHo is known for its artists' lofts and galleries, whereas Tribeca has its own world-renowned film festival.

The Meatpacking District is illustrated by a huge slab of steak, even though the neighbourhood is now more synonymous with its nightlife scene.

Williamsburg is shown here with its repurposed industrial buildings and beer gardens.

The Cosby Show, Seinfeld, and Sesame Street have all been filmed in the Astoria, Queens neighbourhood.

NYC wouldn't be the same without its residents.

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