December 27, 2012 Graphic artist needed: how a map of NYC could look like USA
A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that NYC (or at least the inner 3 boroughs) shaped a bit like the US- coasts at the northern and southern extremes, all kinds of stuff in the middle.
After I gave a little more thought to my idea, here’s my vision of America as NYC- similarities are meant to be geographic not demographic.
Alaska- The Bronx. Up in the NW corner of the city, kind of forgotten by much of the rest of the idea.
Hawaii- Staten Island. An island vulnerable to tropical storms, south and east of everything else.
I imagine Manhattan as the continental West, as follows:
Washington state- Washington Heights, of course (the NW end of the city, just where Washington is in the lower 48).
Oregon- Upper West Side (just south of Wash Hts like Oregon from Wash).
California- Midtown and Western Manhattan; I guess San Francisco is Midtown, metro LA is the Village, and San Diego is Wall Street.
Idaho- Spanish Harlem.
Nevada- Upper East Side/east Midtown
Arizona- Lower East Side
Most of Queens would be the northern half of the rest of the Lower 48, and Brooklyn the southern half (except southern Queens at the eastern fringe). Here’s my first stab at it (which I urge the rest of the world to improve upon):
Montana- Astoria/Long Island City
Colorado-Brownstone Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope etc)
New Mexico- Sunset Park/Bay Ridge
The Dakotas- those two low profile twins, Woodside and Sunnyside
Nebraska- Boro Park
Oklahoma- Brighton Beach/Coney Island
Minn– East Elmhurst (where Laguardia is), Jackson Heights.
Iowa- Southwestern Queens (Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood)
Arkansas- Crown Heights
Illinois- Rego Park
Indiana- Forest Hills
Michigan – Flushing
Ohio- Kew Gardens
New York- Hillcrest/Fresh Meadows/Utopia
Pennsylvania- Jamaica/Jamaica Estates
Maine- Little Neck
New Hampshire- Douglaston
Mass- Oakland Gardens
Ct- Fresh Meadows
RI- Hollis Hills
NJ- Queens Village
Del- Cambria Heights
NC- Ozone Park
Mississippi- Brownsville/East New York
Alabama – Canarsie
Ga- Springfield Gardens
Fl- The Rockaways (peninsula in the far south)
WV- Richmond Hill