Historical Map: New York Metropolitan Transit Authority 1968 Plan for Rail Improvement and Transit Expansion
Courtesy of the new and already indispensable hyperrealcartography Tumblr, here’s a simply stunning set of New York transit planning maps from the late 60s.
In this modern age of computer-aided map design, a lot of time can be spent trying to digitally replicate this watercolour look, but it’s hard to beat the real thing (although Stamen’s lovely map tiles do a pretty good job!).
The north pointer — successfully and cleverly integrating the then-brand-new MTA logo — is also worthy of note.
Historical Map: New York City Transit System Morning Peak Flow, 1954
A beautiful old map showing scheduled morning peak service (both actual service and absolute maximum capacity) into Manhattan below 60th Street. The thicker the lines, the greater the service — much like modern service frequency maps! Being 1954, the subway is still divided into its three separately run divisions: BMT (Yellow), IRT (Blue) and IND (Red).
(Source: Ward Maps’ Facebook Page — lots of amazing old maps here!)
The Incredible Shape-Changing Island
The distortion of Manhattan on NYC subway maps over the years, expressed as a height-to-width ratio. Fascinating stuff from a NY Times article in 2010 enumerating the changes in the latest version of the map.
New MTA Wayfinding Signage
Nice supplementary wayfinding signage at New York’s Union Square Station. YOU ARE HERE.
(Source: Nick Sherman/Flickr)