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May 5, 2015updated 02 Aug 2021 9:12am

We dropped a map of Manhattan onto one of London

By City Monitor Staff

We don’t know much here at CityMetric, but one thing we do know is that people love maps. And another thing we know is that they really love maps on top of other maps.

So, just for the LOLs, this week we’ve decided to drop Manhattan on top of London. Here are the results:

The first thing to note is that you can instantly see how long Manhattan is: all 13.5 miles of it, so that, in London terms, it would stretch from Wandsworth Common all the way up to Edmonton.

It’s wider than we’d given it credit for, too. Look at 34th Street (where the miracles happen): it stretches for two miles across town, all the way from Mayfair to the Imperial War Museum.

Perhaps the biggest indication of quite how big the Big Apple really is, though, is Central Park: 2.5 miles long and a half a mile wide, imposed on London it covers a chunk of the city running all the way from Covent Garden to the northern reaches of leafy Islington.

In this new version of reality, Greenwich Village sits above Vauxhall; Harlem, hilariously, has replaced Stoke Newington. Chelsea (New York) now occupies Knightsbridge, while Chelsea (London) lies where the West Village meets the Hudson River.

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The first question that faced us when taking on this enterprise was how to align the two cities. (Actually, that was about the sixth question that faced us, behind such vital conundrums as “Do the scales definitely match?” and “How is this a real job?”, but let’s leave that aside.)

New York doesn’t have a semi-official central point in the way London does at Charing Cross: the city started at the southern tip of Manhattan, but the central business district, if you can call it that, today stretches all the way up to the edge of Central Park. So in the absence of a better plan we decided to dump the Theater District on top of London’s Theatreland. Because, well, why not.

But that’s not the only way of doing it. Here’s what happens if you align the points where the two cities began life, London Bridge and the Battery:

Or why not swivel the island of Manhattan so that it points east-west rather than north-south?

Or, hey, let’s try tugging that baby out into the Thames Estuary.

Somebody stop me.

No, seriously. Somebody. Please. I need help here.

If you enjoy maps on top of other maps, why not check out this one of Paris on London.

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