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This Gorgeous Map of 1950s NYC is Full of Detail, Whimsy

It's no secret that we love weird and fun maps over here, and this gem that's been making the rounds via 6sqft is no exception. The map—titled "Wonders of New York" and created by graphic designer Nils Hansell sometime in the 1950s—is essentially a colorful guide for tourists, but it's also so much more. Full of tips for out-of-towners, the map has over 300 detailed illustrations of the titular "Wonders" of the era. It covers virtually every pier, rail line (subway and elevated), tunnel, and bridge, plus neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves from "9. The old Syrian quarter" in Lower Manhattan, all the way up to "296. Yorkville lederhose & bierstube" on the Upper East Side.

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