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This impressive map of NYC includes over 400 local landmarks including angry raccoons and the naked cowboy

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

It’s pretty easy to find a map of New York that highlights some of the city’s most famous landmarks like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. But graphic designer Rafael Esquer wanted to create a poster with a little more local flair. The final product? Iconic New York. A 27-by-40-inch poster that crams over 400 landmarks, from iconic skyscrapers to local lore, into a map of Manhattan. 

In addition to major landmarks like One Word Trade Center and Carnegie Hall, the map also includes fun easter eggs like that guy who climbed the New York Times building, the raccoons that attacked that woman in central park and the naked cowboy in Times Square.

From Esquer’s site:

For years, Rafael Esquer was disappointed whenever he searched for the perfect New York souvenir to give to his guests. To him, nothing on the gift shop shelves captured the elegance and energy of the City he loves. At last, he has done something about it.

Esquer has designed a museum-quality poster that is now becoming a favorite New York keepsake of visitors and residents alike. Named Iconic New York™, his poster features hand-drawn icons of the City’s architecture and artifacts, packed into a vibrant collage forming the shape of Manhattan itself. Inspired by naive art, Iconic New York™ embraces viewers with its confetti of colors and details. “Everybody loves New York,” says Esquer. “I wanted a beautiful souvenir that says, New York loves you back.”

See an animated version of the map below.

h/t City Lab

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