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NYC’s subway map gets a park-friendly makeover

One park for every subway stop

We love a good riff on the classic New York City subway map, and none other than the NYC Parks Department has created one of the coolest we’ve seen yet.

In their version of the map—all the lines are green, of course—each subway stop is renamed for one of the city’s more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces. The goal of this, per the Parks Department, is to make New Yorkers aware of exactly how much green space there is throughout the city—more than 30,000 acres, in fact, with 309 miles of hiking trails, 600 community gardens, and lots of other community benefits.

Well-known parks—Central Park, the High Line, Union Square, and their ilk—all make the cut, but there are plenty of lesser-known spaces: There’s Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Park, named for the famed Yankees shortstop, in Queens; Lady Moody Triangle in Brooklyn; and Concrete Plant Park in the Bronx. It’s both a nifty NYC crossover and an inspiration to get outside and check out a park you may not have visited before. (But as the Parks Department notes, “The map is more fun than function—if you’re looking for directions, please use the subway map!”

Here’s the full size map; if you want to grab a copy of your own, they’ll be for sale at the Parks Department’s booth at the Union Square Holiday Market for $28.

Courtesy of NYC Parks Department