An illustrated NYC

There are nearly a million buildings in New York City (including all five boroughs). That’s a lot of buildings.

It makes me wonder whether James Gulliver Hancock, an Australian illustrator living in Brooklyn, is aware of that fact. Why, you might ask?

Well, because Hancock has set out to draw all the buildings in New York. That’s right. All of them.

It’s a huge undertaking, and one that is, frankly, quite awesome. So far he’s got more than 350 illustrations finished. It’s a drop in the bucket, but it’s still a laudable number. And with a virtually un-ending supply of buildings to draw, he could keep this project up forever.

His illustrations are all documented on his Tumblr blog, aptly titled All the Buildings in New York. You can sort by borough or by building type (including number of stories, location, color, and more). Below are twenty of my favorites (including some of my favorite buildings in the city).

354 Broadway

450 East 83rd Street

Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway

Canal St. China Town

944 Park Avenue

Carroll St, Gowanus, Brooklyn

Andrews Avenue, The Bronx

Hook & Ladder 29, 138th Street, The Bronx

South 1st St., Brooklyn

P.S.1 (M.O.M.A.)

62 Bank Street

75.5 Bedford St., “Thinnest Building”

845 UN Plaza

211 East 53rd Street

730 5th Avenue

1 Central Park South – Redux

New York Times Building

Google Building NYC

19th Street

At the South Edge of Central Park

What buildings would you love to see illustrated? Which are your favorites?

Written exclusively for WDD by Cameron Chapman.

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