A few weeks ago, I started to wonder how large Manhattan was compared to some other places I am familiar with. Hence, Manhattan Elsewhere. In the maps below, I’ve inserted Manhattan into places (at the same scale) that, through either habitation and visitation, I have come to know well. If you’ve been to Manhattan and some of these other places, I hope you’ll find it as interesting to visualize these strange positionings as I have. Enjoy.
First image above:
This is my version of the image that inspired this project. As with the other maps, Chicago is presented its original orientation and Manhattan has been rotated to match its profile. I didn’t bother to connect any of the roads, but you can imagine the Lincoln Tunnel running under Soldier Field and hooking into the Dan Ryan somehow. Or further up and off the map, traffic heading over the George Washington Bridge to catch the Cubs at Wrigley or brokers commuting home, not to Westchester but to Winnetka or Highland Park.
Second image above:
A three dimensional representation (courtesy of Google Earth) of the above map, looking over downtown Chicago and into Midtown/Lower Manhattan. The tall building just to the right of center in Chicago is the Sears Tower and you can see the Empire State Building in Manhattan breaking the curve of the horizon.