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What is the Big Map?

The Big Map began in late 2003 as a blank slate to fill in. Over time, "big map" became an intransitive verb, as in "we'll go big map in Queens this weekend." Eventually it evolved into a transitive verb where anything and everything could be "big mapped". We big mapped 5th Avenue in Sunset Park, for example. We also big mapped discarded christmas trees. We've even big mapped the laundromat down the street.

Julian Dibbell wrote about the Big Map in the Village Voice -- "Shuttered: Who will remember all the crappy pizza joints fading into NYC history?" (August 31, 2005).

The Not For Tourists website featured the Big Map in a Radar listing (July 26, 2007)

Big Map Key

There is a main page for each borough that features a clickable map which in turn takes you to individual neighborhoods and/or geographic sections of each borough. A link centered under an image sends you to another page that goes more in depth about that topic.

The Explore button is the shortcut to the entire list of individual pages for each borough.

The Feed button takes you to food and dining pages for each borough, including menus from places we've eaten at.

The Citywide button features pages and/or things that are not restricted to a particular borough.

Finally, the Get Out of Town button takes you to that which exists beyond the five boroughs.

How To Big Map YouTube Video

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You can keep track of Big Map additions via the Big Map Blog! You can also subscribe to the feed . . .

A Word About The Photos

All the photos on the Big Map were taken by one of us -- part of the "concept," such as there is one, is that we actually visited these places ourselves and explored them firsthand. (Since we don't post other people's pictures, this also means that we're unable to accept images for submission, though we're happy to include links to other such sites -- feel free to pass them along!)

Yes, we hold the rights to all the images on the Big Map -- if you're interested in using them, feel free to contact us. BATC photos have appeared in newspapers, magazines, textbooks, various websites and even the cover of a novel. Here are our rates:

High-resolution for personal use: $35 per image.

High-resolution for print use (inside publication, one-time/non-exclusive): $70 per image.

High-resolution for print use (cover): Contact us at info <at>

You can also pay us through PayPal -- see our page here -- just send an email with details about your request to "info <at>" (please contact us before making a payment to ensure we have what you're looking for).

If you're looking for a particular image, don't hesitate to ask us -- we may be able to help you find what you're looking for.

If you want to repost a low-resolution image to your website, feel free -- just credit "" and include a link to the page on which you found the image. E-mail us if you think about it -- it's fun to see how the images are used. Just please don't repost images without attribution . . .

Note: due to bandwidth considerations, we disable "hotlinking," i.e., allowing outside sites to link directly to images on this site.

Finally, if sounds like a fun thing to sponsor the Big Map, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. For some reasonable exchange your message could appear at the top and bottom (728 by 90 pixels) and in the side bar (300 by 250 pixels) of each page (see here for all the various pages of the Big Map). Because it's a graphic hosted on our site, and not served by a third party, it won't be affected by ad-blocker software. E-mail us at "info -at-" with questions or if you're interested.

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Email us at "info <at>". We'd love to hear from you to tell us what you think, give us suggestions or suggest links to add, or inquire about images we've taken.

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