Your rental apartment in New York doesn’t have to have the bare white walls it was delivered with. Original artwork can be expensive and posters are, well… best left in your college dorm. But here’s an interesting, colorful and inexpensive idea – use wall maps. A quick Google search shows that there are plenty of online sources for all kinds of maps.
My favorite starting point is the National Geographic online map store. There’s also a large selection at AllPosters.com. There is even a New York City government mapping outlet at 22 Reade Street in Lower Manhattan.
Some of my other favorite sources of maps are these:
The Cartographica collection at Natural Curiosities includes world maps as well as plans of cities, states, and countries that date to the 15th century.
Argosy Book Store
Argosy Book Store has been supplying in-the-know collectors with rare maps of everything from 18th-century New England to 17th-century Bohemia since 1925.
V & J Duncan
This Savannah, Georgia, shop stocks vintage engravings, lithographs, and photographs that range from a map of the U.S. Civil War boundaries to a circa-1835 map of Africa.
This renowned mapmaker offers framed oversize versions along with wall-size murals of countries and continents.
National Geographic Store
This legendary source is stocked with a vast collection of prints ranging from early-20th-century drawings of continents and a topographic chart of Mount Everest to a diagram of the Pacific Ocean floor.
Antique maps as well as artful reproductions are among the offerings of WardMaps.
I know that if I were looking to rent a Brooklyn apartment, I would probably have a large, framed Brooklyn map on one of my walls. It’s not only decorative, but a fun way to learn more about my neighborhood, borough and city. Since the Bronx is mostly a mystery to me, if I were looking for an apartment in the Bronx, I’d definitely have a map of the Bronx up on one of my walls.
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