Rod Hunt Takes a Trip 'Round NYC
New York City’s skyline always changing, and there’s no better way to witness it than from the rivers that flank the shores. We’re used to seeing photographs of New York from above, thanks to planes and helicopters, which offer a perspective of the city that is decidedly inhuman. It’s a point of view that we don’t experience every day, and therefore is almost a different New York. But circling the island of Manhattan, like on The Circle Line Cruise, and witnessing it all from a boat can give us unique perspective. Rod Hunt is a stalwart for The Circle Line Cruise, creating maps when they need them, and a few years ago he was able to take a trip on one of their boats with his partner. “It was good to go and actually see what I drew and see that there were some changes,” he says. “Things change.” Things change all the time, especially in New York where the skyline is different from year to year – and hence why the map needs constant updating. Rod just finished updating the map for this year and it’s finally been revealed. We’re thrilled to share it with you.
Since this was far from the first time Rod had created the map for The Circle Line, he wasn’t working from scratch. Instead he got to recalibrate the piece and make it feel more contemporary. He worked to “make it a bit brighter and take out a few a things that weren’t there anymore or changed, and just changing the feel of it.” As the skyline changes so does the energy of the city, and the energy that The Circle Line wants to present. These subtle shifts engage the customer in new ways and help us understand the city from different points of view.
You’ll notice that there are over 100 notable landmarks to check off as you make your way around New York City (Rod points out it’s actually 122). It’s a lot to shove into a single illustration, but Rod is famous for the detail in his illustrations, so it was definitively inside of his capabilities. “It was a lot of research,” Rod explains. “Originally I was given a big long list of everything that needed to go in and then I poured over table maps and satellite imagery. We didn’t have to worry about hundred percent geographic accuracy but we had to get things in the right place.” Once everything was in the right place it was off to the presses and the introduction of the new map.