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Plus: Every Person in New York

Planet New York (MUG's main image today) is our favorite desktop wallpaper ever. Also from this Russian designer, The World Map of Small Towns.

Very cool idea: the newly-launched SepiaTown is a mashup of Google maps and vintage photos. Sample: the image of the Colonial Club, circa 1892, at Bway and 72nd, is exactly where the new building 200 West 72nd is nearing completion.

The lower 48 get the place mat treatment with maps from 1920 or so, sold by Kikkerland, $15.

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography features 160 unusual maps from Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, Maira Kalman, Florent Morellet, and many others.

For those of you at all susceptible to maps, be warned: you could lose several hours here. The amazing map division of the NYPL has digitized thousands of pages from their atlases that show the five boroughs from earlier days, such as this pre-MB DUMBO… Also at the NYPL, the exhibition Mapping New York's Shoreline, 1609-2009, through June.

New York's map king:
John Tauranac.

Strange Maps â€" probably the most fun you can have with maps.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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