The Boroughs of New York City
The five Boroughs established during the
1898 consolidation, with Manhattan as the first
settlement after its purchase by Dutch colonists in
1625 from the Lenape Indians.
2015, 12” wide by 12” tall, watercolor on cotton rag paper
Who doesn’t love New York City? It’s one of the great cities of the
world. To pay homage to that wonderful place we developed another
in our series of City maps to describe the five boroughs of New York
City. Unless you are a true New Yorker, many of us wouldn’t know
or appreciate the size and layout of Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens,
Manhattan and the Bronx. In developing this map, we also became
interested in the famed sale of Manhattan to the Dutch in the 17th
century. As subtle homage to that popular historical story, we have
adorned the legend surround with glass beads, similar to those
supposedly used to pay the Lenape Indians for the land of Manhattan.
Coloration for this map drew inspiration from great French maps of
the 18th century where a striking color pattern emerged: rich yellow
border, brilliant greens, reds, and blues on the interior. We adopted a
similar palette for this map.