Maps? I love maps!

If you know me (or are really capable and stealthy at reconnaissance), you know I love maps, and especially transit maps. I love the MTA Subway map for NYC.

So I was interested in learning that there’s a such thing as Kickmap. Kickmap has its own, independent take on the NYC MTA Subway maps. And I’m a little dubious, a little excited, about this.

Looking at their side-by-side comparison of the two maps, I certainly agree that Kickmap’s is the more aesthetically pleasing choice. But you do lose major street names, which is obviously more important in Brooklyn than most of Manhattan and Queens.

But, it’s enough to want to know more. Kickmap has 2 iphone Apps: a free one that shows the map with stations & route information, and a $3 one that is fully interactive with push notifications on unexpected delays, address lookup, and a night map that shows the late hour service changes. I’ll start with the free one & report back.

ACTIVITY: Compare the two maps for yourself. Form your own opinion. Then make a diorama of the First Thanksgiving.

MTA:
MTA map snippet

Kickmap:
Kickmap map snippet

2 Comments

  1. ANTON NICKEL wrote:

    Kickmap is actually using many aesthetic elements of an older MTA map — a much older one in fact. This link will bring you to a scan of said map from 1972! (I put the URL in the website field provided on this form) Notice all the different colors and lines that were in use back then — the system was actually bigger and more extensive than today. In this era, the #8 line (originally part of the 3rd Ave Elevated line in Manhattan) was still extant as a truncated line serving 3rd avenue in the Bronx. Also, the Culver Shuttle and Bowling Green shuttles were still extant as well as many other combinations and service designations that have long vanished (the K, KK, EE, QB, QT, AA among others). This is also before the 63rd street tunnel and the Jamaica Ave complex that killed the eastern end of the “J” as you’ll notice on this map (and actually until 1978) the “J” was elevated all the way to 168th Street in Jamaica, Qns. To see a map of the long gone MJ, or Myrtle Avenue elevated line, that once extended past Broadway through Bed Stuy all the way to downtown Brooklyn, you would need to go back four more years as it was abandoned in 1968 and partially razed the same year (although I remember a healthy portion of it existing, albeit in a rather dilapidated state, as recently as 1990). I have an extensive collection of old NYC transit maps and Hagstrom street maps going back to the 1930s, if you are interested in taking a gander sometime just let me know.

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink
  2. ANTON NICKEL wrote:

    Sorry, here is the URL to the map.

    http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/caption.pl?/img/maps/system_1972.jpg

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:25 am | Permalink

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