Sometimes the streets of New York leave me so confused that I feel like I'm in a foreign city trying to make sense of unfamiliar street names and neighborhoods. Case in point the other night, when a coworker and I had trouble finding Mercer Street en route to a Mediabistro panel discussion in Tribeca. After asking a few clueless shopkeepers, and a cop who gave us the wrong directions, a hotdog vendor finally steered us correctly.
Getting lost can be fun, but not when you've got somewhere to be. There are great maps at the NYC Department of City Planning, I discovered. So great, in fact, that I just may become a map person.
This morning, I checked one of my favorite travel blogs, World Hum, and found another superb map source, The Publishers Marketplace Bookstore, which maps independent bookstores in cities across the United States. You can also, sadly, track bookstore closures.