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See the Subway Map Snake Through New York's Streetscape

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The New York City subway map is about as abstract as it can get. Compared with the actual topography of the city, the shape of the boroughs is about on par with what an attention-short seven-year-old might draw when asked to replicate a real map of New York City. And maybe it's that disconnect that makes it so hard to envision the subway system beyond the poster that's plastered in every train car. But here comes map aficionado and Tumblr user Anorrian to change all that (h/t 6sqft.) Anorrian has overlaid the city's vast underground transportation network—including the incoming Second Avenue Subway, PATH, and 7-train extension—over photos taken from a commercial plane. The results are delightfully informative, unlike garbled MTA overhead announcements.

· Anorrian [Tumblr]
· See NYC's Subway Lines Superimposed Over an Aerial Photo of the City [6sqft]
· This New NYC Subway Map May Be the Clearest One Yet [Curbed]
· Cool Map Thing archive [Curbed]
· Subway Maps archive [Curbed]