"An obsessively detailed alternate-history map,
imagining how Manhattan might have looked had the Nazis conquered it in World War II." A project by artist Melissa Gould
. The neighborhoods (Charlottenburg, Neukölln, etc.) are named for corresponding Berlin ones. Schrecklich
fun. Via strange maps
Horton's Historical Articles.
"Gerald (Jerry) Horton has always been interested in American History, particularly the era from 1750 to 1820. Upon his retirement in 2000, he found more time for reading and research. It was through this research Jerry became intrigued with the Mohawk Valley during the Revolutionary War." It's a narrow focus, but if you're interested in the American Revolution the articles on this site provide incredibly detailed timelines, with impartial attention to all sides. What Happened to 7,000 People?
, for example, explains just how the population of the Mohawk Valley dropped from 10,000 to 3,000 people in a few years in a "civil war that pitted neighbor against neighbor."
calls itself "an in4mation network by E.T.D." I discovered it through its amazing New York Skyscrapers
In addition to individual building entries and background info, it contains links to other resources, NYC webcams, clickable maps of locations of NYC skyscrapers, a forum for NYC skyscraper-related discussion and more.
But it's also got sections on Functionalism and the city of Viipuri
("a study of the 1930s Functionalistic architecture in the city of Viipuri in pre-war Finland"), the development of the square-rigged sailing ship
from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 19th Century, and, uh, Trini Alvarado
("an amazingly underrated NYC film and stage actress"). Something for everyone!
In the long stretch of culinary history,
the creation of the menu
was a notable development. In the U.S., New York
is the restaurant capital, and the New York Public Library has an enormous collection
of menus, many of which they are currently displaying
in a third-floor gallery. If you're in NYC (or will be visiting this winter) and are interested in such things, don't miss it; it's showing until March 1.
There's a guy
with an "immensely detailed, three-dimensional, interactive, constantly updated map of New York City," which "could provide the DNA for a re-created city" if something happened to destroy New York. Besides the nitpicking (do you want to recreate every awning and kiosk?), there's the big question: does it make sense to try to recreate in detail something that's gone? Or as the article puts it, "At what point do we accept the reality of loss?" And if a city were destroyed so utterly it couldn't be recreated, would its surviving inhabitants wander the world endlessly, keeping their lost home alive in their hearts and customs, like R.A. Lafferty's Angelenos