It’s Manhattan! It’s Paris! It’s an Homage (That’s French!)

So many of my French friends have experienced total coup de foudre when they first visit New York. It resonates as being one of the only American cities that approaches the idea of being an international metropolis in a way that the French would understand – it is culturally rich and oftentimes America’s birthplace for new ideas, music, art and fashion. It is also remarkably condensed, densely populated, and – delayed trains be damned – the intricate public transportation network ultimately makes it accessible to anyone. It is the epitome of “la grande ville”.

I would imagine that, on top of everything else, the glory that is the grid system in Manhattan probably seems pretty outstanding to our Parisian friends. Have you gotten lost in Paris? No? Then you haven’t been to Paris.

My buddy Laura Tallardy sent me this amazing link about a class at Columbia University that changed Manhattan’s streets to resemble the “organizational approach” of the grands boulevards of Paris. The original city planners must be spinning in their graves!

Take a look here to see what might have happened had we followed in the footsteps of other American cities such as Washington DC, or Detroit. It’s rather interesting to challenge our conception of this great metropolis.



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7 Responses to It’s Manhattan! It’s Paris! It’s an Homage (That’s French!)

  1. tom vasquez says:

    this map would automatically increase taxi fares by 35%… by confusing the already confused.
    true story.

  2. laura t. says:

    super cool! i thought i got lost in nyc NOW… just wait until the parisians get ahold of us.

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi from Untapped! Thanks for the shout about the New York/Paris mashup map. I love your blog! I was wondering if you would be up for a guest post (which you are free to cross-post on your own blog) for Untapped Paris ( Shoot me an e-mail at if you want to discuss offline. I moved to Paris last year, dated a French guy that I met backpacking in South America and we’re still together–so I thought based on your first post, we might get along ๐Ÿ™‚


    • fauxfrench says:

      Hiya Michelle, thank you so much for getting in touch – that would be such a delight! I’m fanning myself as we speak, I am absolutely thrilled that you have invited me to write for you. I’ll be sure to be in touch very, very soon. And on a personal note, I’m so happy that you reached out – I LOVE your story, we’d definitely get along methinks ๐Ÿ™‚ Travel and menfolk are like the beurre on my baguette!

      • Michelle Young says:

        Yay! This makes me very happy! Hope to hear from you soon! I leave for Paris Thursday, I will say hello to it for you–unless you are already there!

      • fauxfrench says:

        Oh, don’t I wish! New York will have to do for the time being ๐Ÿ™‚ yes, please give it a hearty bonjour for me! I hope to make it back very, very soon. And I’m so looking forward to collaborating with you! Yay!

      • Michelle Young says:

        You are in NYC as well! So we must definitely meet up when I get back. I’m hoping to have an Untapped get together for everyone who is involved in the website. I’ll keep you posted.

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