This gallery shows off some of the ones we looked at. Many of them focus on New York City and the Dutch cartographers who first mapped it. They reveal a lot about the history of the city, as well as the history of cartography. The sheet map above (in detail) and below was made by Dutch cartographer Arent Roggeveen and published in 1675. It’s one of the first maps on which the name Manhattan is printed. But the region is still called Nieu Nederland. Photos: Alex Welsh/WIRED Arent Roggeveen also published this atlas in 1675. Roggeveen means something like burning fen in Dutch, Knutzen said. In those days, people would clear a section of marsh and burn the grass to provide a guiding light for ships. Roggeveen played on this by calling his atlases the guiding light, and including images of burning marsh grass. “There’s a lot of word play and allegory embedded in these maps,” Knutzen said. Roggeveen’s atlases were designed for navigation, and in addition to standard overhead maps they included profiles of coastlines as they would look from an approaching ship. The page below shows Porta Porca — Cuba’s Bay of Pigs.
New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal, Heller said. Today, the board and management will begin the necessary financial and operational steps to wind down the company, including initiating the Chapter 11 process. Junior to and often feistier than the Metropolitan Opera, City Opera was a spawning ground for top opera talent that included Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming and Samuel Ramey. But it was derailed by a series of decisions by its board, which included going dark for the 2008-09 season while its auditorium at Lincoln Center was reconstructed; hiring Gerard Mortier as artistic director only to have him back out before starting; and leaving Lincoln Center after the 2010-11 season and playing at various venues throughout the city under general manager George Steel. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declined to intervene. The business model doesnt seem to be working, he told reporters Monday. The company launched with a performance of Puccinis Tosca at New York City Center on Feb. 21, 1944, and at its peak presented 12 to 16 operas with about 130 performances in a season. But this was to be the third straight season limited to four stagings. It appears the final performance was of Mark-Anthony Turnages Anna Nicole on Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Three productions that had been scheduled for later this season are being scrapped: Johann Christian Bachs Endimione, Bartoks Bluebeards Castle and Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). City Operas endowment has shrunk from $48 million in 2008 to $5.07 million at the end of June 2012, according to tax records, its staff has been pared to 25 and its inventory of sets and costumes has been sold. You have the name and you have whats left of the endowment, Wall said last week.