Right now fans of Game Of Thrones are counting down the minutes until Sunday’s highly anticipated season premiere. While you wait, make GoT-themed dinner reservations, drink GoT-themed beer, and check out this interactive map from Rentshare.
The map reimagines the boroughs of NYC as the warring lands of Westeros and Essos. Manhattan and the Bronx become Westeros because “both landmasses are shaped similarly and get a similarly disproportionate amount of attention compared to the other land masses around it.”
Brooklyn and Queens are Essos, which is “much less divided into kingdoms” and instead made up of “an assortment of ‘free cities,’ many of which have some pretty obvious similarities to neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens and out in Long Island.”
Staten Island is Dragonstone, the ancestral home of the Targaryens later under the rule of Robert Baratheon.
Zoom in on the map (note: these are just screenshots – for the real fun head to the original map) and the neighborhoods begin to take shape.
Rentshare carefully matched the fantasy world with the real world. Tribeca, home of wealthy celebrities like Jay Z and Beyonce, becomes home to the moneyed Lannisters. “Excuse the generalization,” writes Rentshare, “but if you’re living in Tribeca you probably think you’re hot sh*t and you probably have a ton of money. If that doesn’t scream Lannister to you, I don’t know what will.”
Over in Brooklyn, Williamsburg is transformed into Norvos, a city appropriately ruled by “bearded priests.” Bushwick becomes Qohor, a city famed for its craftsmen (and goat worshipping).
Head north in Manhattan and you find yourself in, of course, the land of House Stark. Not only is it an apt geographical comparison, Winterfell folks and uptown folks have some similarities. “These are regions known for having an older, respectable and responsible population,” writes Rentshare. “And if you ask me, they are pretty decent places to start a family, at least as far as Westeros or Manhattan goes.”
Above that is The Bronx, land of the Night’s Watch, who defend Manhattan “from the wildlings out in the suburbs, Connecticut, Boston, and beyond.”
And above that… well…
If you don’t feel like clicking your way through the map, there’s also an infographic that offers a simplified version of the Game of New York.
Now who’s down to pound shots with Robert Baratheon on the Lower East Side?
[Featured Image: Rentshare]