First real estate developer Constantine Valhouli mapped the locations of pretty much every single song about New York City. Then he create a geographic primer to 48 of the city's historic place names, from Native American to Dutch. And now he's moved into another pet project that has resulted in a comprehensive, information-packed mapone that charts all the homes, hangouts, and haunts of the Beat Generation's poets and authors. Like the library where a young Jack Kerouac researched what would become "On the Road," or a cafe where William S. Burroughs spent time, or an apartment building where Allen Ginsberg lived. There are 123 points, with most centered around New Yorkespecially Greenwich Village and Columbia Universitybut some of their travels and travails took these artsy guys to France and California.
Click on a point to get information about it. In this case, about the library Jack Kerouac frequented in Ozone Park.
A close-up look at the cluster of Columbia University locales.
Oftentimes, there's a photo included with more information about a point.
Here now, the full interactive map, embedded below:
It should be noted that Valhouli has previously proclaimed his affection for the Beat Generation's authors, and even pulled an intricate, mysterious publicity stunt for one of his real estate projects by invoking Kerouac and Burroughs. Which map will be come up with next?
· When Brooklyn Heights Was Ihpetonga, and 47 More Old Names [Curbed]
· One Man Has Set Out to Map All the Song References to NYC [Curbed]
· Cool Map Thing archive [Curbed]