This map was drawn by Marc, a French Parisian, for Sarah, an artist living in Brooklyn, while the two were visiting in New York. Sarah was planning a trip to Paris a few months later for an artists residency and wanted to know where to hang out while there. The map is a humorous and personalized view of Paris revealing some striking similarities to New York. Indeed, much of the city appears occupied by the very wealthy with only a few areas still worth exploring. It is interesting to chart the lineage of this map appearing on handmaps.org. I first saw it illustrating an article about hand drawn maps by Julia Turner published in Slate magazine. A few weeks ago Jesse Rafert emailed me to express surprise that the map wasn't posted on the site already. He describes the map as an accurate depiction of Paris if you are a "twentysomething anglophone hipster." I eventually tracked the image back to Sarah who had submitted it to Slate. Turns out the map is, in fact, more like a helpful translation of the city in terms a Brooklynite could decipher.
2010-09-27 : Paris, France : Marc Parazon (courtesy Sarah Glidden)