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There's loving your neighborhood, and then loving your neighborhood so much you want to immortalize it any way you can. Designer and "change maker" Aymie Spitzer falls into the latter category. In fact she loves neighborhoods so much, as well as vintage maps, that she's hand drawing and laser engraving them into unfinished aromatic cedar. And not just her neighborhood in Brooklyn, but neighborhoods across the country. The cedar's natural wood grain sets off the engraved typography, and captures the magic of these hand-lettered creations. Each map she makes is unique, just like the stories you carry with you around your 'hood! Aymie designs at Hyperakt, a Brooklyn studio where product ideas are incubated and brought to the market.
unfinished aromatic cedar
Aymie Spitzer
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

March 05, 2013 04:27:37 PM

The notion of showing off our "neighborwood" in wooden wall art made us smile, and we think Aymie's design appeals not only to Brooklynites, but also to folks across the country who'd love to see their hometowns celebrated in ceder. What do you think?

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March 06, 2013 11:44:13 AM

I'm a friend of Aymie's and have the Brooklyn "neighborwoods" map in my house, and ALL of my friends love it and talk about it when they come over. Really beautiful and detailed craftswomanship!

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March 06, 2013 11:56:16 AM

Neighborwoods is beautiful and amazing! I love it!!!!

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March 06, 2013 12:04:32 PM

Amazing work! Love the details of each neighborhood!

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March 06, 2013 12:19:13 PM

I love that each piece of the neighborhood was drawn by hand and then lovingly engraved. The passion for both a sense of place and the craft are apparent here!

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March 06, 2013 12:30:23 PM

Super duper sexy.

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March 06, 2013 12:31:24 PM

So well done! The typography and the patterns are just beautiful.

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March 06, 2013 12:38:53 PM

These maps are gorgeous! The local love and attention to detail really stand out.

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March 06, 2013 12:41:18 PM

What an amazing and beautiful way to celebrate the place you're proud to call home. I want one for myself and to gift one to all my friends. Love.


March 06, 2013 12:46:49 PM


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March 06, 2013 12:59:31 PM

I think Aymie's work is incredible for it's attention to detail, craft, and overall wit.


March 06, 2013 01:30:28 PM

These maps are a clear standout. Beautiful in every way.

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March 06, 2013 01:42:56 PM

lovely maps full of heart and design sensibility!

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March 06, 2013 02:08:49 PM

Who doesn't like a good pun to go with a great map? Always a conversation starter, this map not only looks great but smells great. It makes me want to explore the borough more and check off each of the neighborhoods listed on the map!

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March 06, 2013 02:13:26 PM

There is no better way to get a sense for a city on a map than to see it's neighborhood tapestry. Neighborwoods is such a beautiful reminder of the special places in the cities that have touched our lives. Love!

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March 06, 2013 02:44:31 PM

I love Neighborwoods! Such a unique and wonderful gift idea with amazing craftsmanship!

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March 06, 2013 02:54:28 PM

I love Neighborwoods! They make such special, unique gifts and the craftsmanship is amazing!

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March 06, 2013 05:22:19 PM

very cool!

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March 06, 2013 06:23:00 PM

This can easily sell in stores across the globe. Brilliant idea and flawless execution. I want!

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March 07, 2013 10:06:05 AM

I received one of these for Christmas this year - the one for Baltimore, where I grew up - and I love it. It's such a great piece.

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March 07, 2013 10:14:38 AM

This is just so cool! If I lived in (or was from) a neighborhood that I loved, I would totally buy this!

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March 07, 2013 10:52:33 AM

I have a few of these maps around the apartment. Each one representing somewhere I've lived or have a strong connection with. So fun!

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March 07, 2013 06:04:49 PM

WOW !! I would love to have one for my neighborhood


March 07, 2013 07:11:13 PM

This has broad appeal. Who doesn't love their hometown, maps, wood, and skillful wood carving??!! Beautifully done!

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March 07, 2013 08:56:43 PM

Since I live a rather different size town, I hope that it would still look as cool.

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March 08, 2013 01:42:04 AM

Looks like a wonderful gift to give to a friend that has moved away from the old 'hood... or to a new couple as they start out in the new 'hood.

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March 08, 2013 07:16:56 AM

Love this idea. I want one!

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March 08, 2013 01:35:23 PM

I live in Pittsburgh and we have a pretty awesome neighborhood system too. I'd love to see this with a Pittsburgh theme as well.

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March 08, 2013 02:49:36 PM

I adore this! I'd also love to see other examples.

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March 08, 2013 04:11:49 PM

I have the Atlanta version of this board, really beautiful piece.

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March 08, 2013 07:00:16 PM

I just love this item for my hometown of Staten Island, NY. Wow!

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March 08, 2013 11:21:09 PM

I feel like this has been done before..

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March 09, 2013 02:59:41 PM

cute idea and cute name but the cuteness factor ends there...

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March 10, 2013 12:56:32 PM

Wow, these negative comments are completely unconstructive and blithely malicious. There is a person behind each of these pieces, not a feelingless corporate entity. You wouldn't say something so cruel and unhelpful to an artist's face. You should afford them the same courtesy here.

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March 11, 2013 05:50:56 PM

just awesome!!

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March 11, 2013 06:10:52 PM

while this looks like very good quality, I feeel we are being inundated with maps of all kinds.

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March 11, 2013 10:11:08 PM


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March 12, 2013 12:05:54 AM

I came from a really tiny town in the midwest that does not have named neighborhoods. Unless you made a map of who owned each quarter of farmland, there would be no way to create this type of map about my 'hood. This makes me sad. The woodworking done here is ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!!!

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March 12, 2013 06:32:44 AM

So cool! :D

thanks for commenting