The changing maps of Manhattan

I really enjoyed this great historical maps of Manhattan post by Robert Hempsall, which he says “serves no purpose other than to indulge my interest in old maps (which I seem to have inherited from my mum) and my love of New York.” The one above is from 1660.

This one is from just over a hundred years later, in 1770:

And this one is from 1842:

Bonus footage – the opening to Woody Allen’s masterpiece Manhattan:

The changing maps of Manhattan

Woody Allen’s beautifully understated movie posters

It’s taken close to seven years to find that same space to wedge myself into when looking through the advertising surrounding his more memorable films. For the longest time, my reaction wasn’t all that dissimilar to falling asleep in a chair. To someone with their nose stuck in art from post-war Europe, seeing black and white posters with few frills felt like uncovering one missed opportunity after another. I wanted posters that played host to vivid imagery that wore their humanity on their sleeve, not colorless rest-stops for text. Those desires are all well and good, but they miss the spirit of that bespeckled boy from Brooklyn that best comes through by doing more with less.

Read the brilliant full article by Brandon Schaefer at Film.com

Woody Allen’s beautifully understated movie posters