After lunch, Arcari and Singh were due back at the central office, in Syosset, to download their findings. They offered to drive me back into Manhattan, but we agreed that it would make more sense for me to take the subway. None of us knew where to find it, though. Subway stations are not attributes; Navteq honors the primacy of the automobile, promulgated by the makers of road maps of a century ago, whose mandate was to promote auto travel and, with it, the purchase of gasoline, cars, and tires. We pulled into a gas station, and I ran inside to ask for directions.
For example, in the recent “Saturday Night Live” mock-rap video “Lazy Sunday” two guys seeking “the dopest route” from the West Village to the Upper West Side consider using Yahoo! Maps:
“I prefer MapQuest!”
“That’s a good one, too.”
“Google Maps is the best.”
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