Explore A Bounty Of NYC Maps At This Transit Museum Exhibit

This 1925 map of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) lines used color coding to distinguish between elevated lines (shown in red) and underground lines (show in black).<br/>

Unimark International’s streamlined concept was transferred to regional rail maps.<br/>

The Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) issued a special version of its map that highlighted the 1939-1940 World’s Fair grounds.<br/>

Unimark International designers Bob Noorda and Massimo Vignellli organized and cleaned up earlier diagrammatic maps, compressing space, straightening curves, simplifying routes and eliminating street orientations. The result was Vignelli’s iconic 1972 diagrammatic map.<br/>

In 2005, the New York Times published a fanciful strike contingency plan from artists Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz featuring pogo-sticks, catapults and piggy-backing. NYC Transit Strike Contingency Plan, Dec. 2005; Courtesy of the Artists.<br/>

Celebrated graphic designer Paula Scher paints maps of the world as she sees it featuring torrents of information and colorful layers of type and image. NYC Transit, 2007; Courtesy of the Artist.<br/>

Photo by Filip Wolak, Courtesy of the New York Transit Museum.