Monday, October 29, 2012

Maps of New York City Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps of New York City, Queens, and Lower Manhattan Available from Ball State University Libraries

The Ball State University Libraries' GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library has a collection of over 200 maps of New York City and the surrounding area.  And the Atlas Collection includes dozens of atlases of New York and the five boroughs, including New York: The Photo Atlas: An Aerial Tour of All Five Boroughs published in 2004.

The aerial map shown above depicts the area of Lower Manhattan and Battery Park.  This part of Manhattan is identified as a mandatory evacuation area for Hurricane Sandy.

The street map of New York published in 2008 (click to enlarge) shows the area’s location between the Hudson and East Rivers.  Battery Park City and the Financial District are identified on the map.  The colored circles mark the subway lines.  Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are also shown on the map.

The final map shows the Breezy Point neighborhood in the Rockaways of Queens just below the channel below Brooklyn.  This is the area devastated by over 50 house fires on the night of the hurricane landfall.  The map also identifies the location of the Coney Island Boardwalk, to the north of Breezy Point.  This map, 2008 New York City Cycling Map, shows bike paths, lanes, and routes--both existing and proposed.  The map also identifies bike shops, parks, transit facilities, and a directory to cycling resources and other places of interest.

The GRMC has topographic maps, subway maps, street maps, and travel guides available for research, learning, or for planning vacations.  The iMap of New York includes a 12-page city guide complete with a working compass on the map.  The map includes the locations of theaters, subways, restaurants, an inset map of New York Harbor, and a map of neighborhoods.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  Atlases from the Atlas Collection circulate for 28 days or longer.

For more information about these maps, atlases, or other available cartographic resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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