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08/16/2013 10:17 am ET | Updated Aug 19, 2013

This Will Make You Look At New York In A Whole New Way (PHOTOS)

If New York's buildings were as high as its residents are wealthy, the city's skyline would look vastly different. That's just what Nickolay Lamm set out to capture in a series of maps that were first produced on MyDeals.com.

In an effort to visualize what wealth inequality looks like, Lamm superimposed bar graphs representing median household net worth onto a map of New York City. For example, an area with a net worth of $400,000 would be represented by a bar 4 cm high, while a neighborhood with a net worth of $50,000 would only be .5 cm high.

Here's a look at the neighborhoods that surround Manhattan's Central Park, where some of the wealthiest people in New York live:

central park

And here is a visualization of the area's wealth:

central park 2

Just north of Central Park is Harlem:

harlem before

As you can see, Harlem's wealth is dwarfed by that of its surrounding neighborhoods:

harlem after

Here's the southern-most part of Manhattan, a.k.a. the Financial District:

financial district

And here's a rendering of the area's wealth:

financial district after

Finally, here is a view of all of Manhattan, with uptown in the bottom left corner and downtown in the upper right.

manhattan

And here's the island as represented by its wealth:

manhattan after

To check our more of Lamm's visualizations, click here.

Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly reversed the orientation of the final set of photos. We regret the error.

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