How to get rid of Google Maps, create your custom maps at Mapbox

MapBox is making it easy to setup a map that will not have the “everyone has it” Google Maps look. Already used by apps and sites like Foursquare and Evernote, Mapbox utilises open sourced map data from OpenStreetMap ( but also provides terrain and satellite layers.

But the big difference from Google Maps is that you can easily customise the appearance of the map by changing the colours users. A short tutorial can be found at

For small users, a free plan is available. Check it out at
Screenshot below is from “Welcome to 1940s New York“, a project of the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center.

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