Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas


“A document of its time, of our time.”
- The New York Times

Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City’s unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York’s buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more.

Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro

Lia Tjandra

Molly Roy

Garnette Cadogan

Chief Researcher
Jonathan Tarleton

Principal Artist
Alison Pebworth

Sheerly Avni, Gaiutra Bahadur, Marshall Berman, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Garnette Cadogan, Thomas J. Campanella, 
Daniel Aldana Cohen, Teju Cole, Joel Dinerstein, Paul La Farge, Francisco Goldman, Margo Jefferson, Lucy R.Lippard, 
Barry Lopez, Valeria Luiselli, Suketu Mehta, Mirissa Neff, Emily Raboteau, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Luc Sante, 
Heather Smith, Astra Taylor, Alexandra T. Vazquez, Christina Zanfagna

Bette Burgoyne, Hannah Chalew, Molly Crabapple, Alex Fradkin, Kelsey Garrity-Riley, Lady Pink, Duke Riley,
Tino Rodriguez, Linnea Russell, Gent Sturgeon, Peach Tao

Additional Cartographers
Richard Campanella, Chris Henrick

Also Featuring
Valerie Capers, Peter Coyote, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, Melle Mel, RZA