I always like to see mapping projects that focus on topics and issues that are unexpected, but informative. That’s why I was intrigued by a project featured over at the Negations blog called the Radical Apple. Although only a small portion of Manhattan has been mapped so far, the project is essentially to map the radical history of New York City, by pinpointing location that were important to social struggle in the city. The map is a static image of streets and building outlines, with sites indicated by yellow dots. As the user mouses over each point, an info window pops up with details about the site and an accompanying image.
I think it’s a great project that is trying to offer another, perhaps little-known aspect of New York City’s history, and hopefully the project will be able to expand its database to include more sites throughout the city.