24 Aug 2009 10:00 am   //   Filed under: Art, Transit

NYC subway map, without subways

I was changing trains the Chambers Street Subway station last week and saw this unusual poster:


It’s obviously a riff on this standard MTA poster seen in many stations:


Who would post a pre-civilization map of New York City in place of the regular subway map? And why? It’s either an artistic statement or a teaser for an ad campaign. Take your best guess.

I’m not suggesting a connection, but it brings to mind the cover story in National Geographic Magazine this month, “Before New York”.