National Read A Road Map Day

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Another day worth celebrating–I love maps.  Useful, yet full of abstract and often mysterious beauty.

A few years ago I did a stitched map Sketchbook Project of Main Streets based on Google Maps.  Google Maps are a mainstay of any traveling I do into unfamiliar territory.  That softball field in Queens?  It’s right there, along with the nearest subway stop.

There actually is a Main Street in NYC, and I stitched it (above right), but it’s on Roosevelt Island, the entirety of which has always seemed to me to be superimposed onto the five boroughs.  The Real Main Street of New York City?  For almost 40 years, I’ve lived on or steps from Broadway, which travels from the bottom of Manhattan to the Bronx and 18 miles north to Sleepy Hollow.

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That’s my Main Street.

They’re digging up Broadway
at night the clatter of wheels over metal plates
provides a rhythmic accompaniment to music from car stereos
double-parked outside the 24-hour deli on the corner

Sunday mornings the finery of congregants mingles with
the dog walkers
and the finery of the refugees from Saturday night

Headlines announcing Politics As Usual
step into the street dance
the Daily News of space and Times

“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…”
blinking red hand
“They say there’s always magic in the air…”
neon green walk

crossing Broadway

Lyrics borrowed from “On Broadway” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil in collaboration with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.  (The Drifters, 1963)

Thanks to Charlie at Doodlewash for inviting everyone to share his “month of days”.

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30 responses to “National Read A Road Map Day”

  1. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    Splendid map – and how wonderful to live near Broadway!

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  2. Cathe says :

    I love a map but a stitched map with a poem that drops me right into NYC is magical!

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  3. artandmoondreams says :

    Amazing needlework, beautiful and brilliant idea to do maps. Love the addition of verse to fill out the imagery for the senses. Sounds wonderful, steps from Broadway and driving distance to Sleepy Hollow…all kinds of “wow”…great post.

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  4. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Such a cool map!! Love this post Kerfe!! The effect of the stitching is amazing and the poem is so visceral and wonderful!! Made me miss NYC!

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  5. Jodi says :

    Wow! Stitched Map! Awesome! And lovely words to accompany! You rocked this wonderful day to celebrate 🙂

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  6. Sharon Mann says :

    I love it, a very unique way to portray your city map. The words are very fitting. Thanks for posting Kerfe.

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  7. memadtwo says :

    One of my favorite songs of all time and you know I love your stitchery. Great post. Excited to see you Saturday, shall we do Indian or something different?

    Like

  8. Susan Feniak says :

    Wonderful maps! Cool stitchery Kerfe. I checked and tomorrow does say its “National Sorry Charlie Day”!! Too funny. Or one can do Tartan.

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  9. merrildsmith says :

    I love the poem, the geography lesson, and the stitching. Fabulous all!
    (And now I have the song stuck in my mind. ) 🙂

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  10. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    What a fun day and post!

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