Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ghostbusters Map of New York City

Anthony Petrie's New York City Ghostbusters Service Map

Summer Travel Goals:  Ghostbusters Map of New York City

Tomorrow marks the opening of the new “Ghostbusters” movie.  The 1984 version of the film includes many iconic locations around the city of New York, including the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, and Tavern on the Green.  Fans of the movie can now identify exact locations shown in the movie with Curbed New York’s “Ultimate Ghostbusters Map Guide to New York City.”

Users can click on numbered locations on a Google map of the city of New York.  A photograph of the spot from the movie is included and updated information about the location is provided.  For example, Dana (Sigourney Weaver) and Louis (Rick Moranis) live in the building 55 Central Park West.  In the original movie, this location is called “Spook Central” supposedly designed by Ivo Shandor.  However, according to Curbed New York, the building “is shorter and less menacing” and “is surrounded by more buildings” in real life.  (See Google StreetView above).

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library includes a large collection of convenient travel maps of New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other popular summer tourist destinations.  The Collection includes “Popout maps” that are waterproof, laminated maps that fold up to pocket size and “iMaps” that include a working compass for getting bearings in the city (above).  The maps are great for taking along on summer trips or simply for planning a summer getaway.

One of the newest travel additions to the GRMC is a set of Lonely Planet City Trails books.  The GRMC has a copy for New York City, Paris, and London.  The New York version includes colorful illustrations and information about unique places to visit and includes a section on movies taking place in New York (above, click to enlarge).

Maps from the GRMC check out for two weeks or longer.  For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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