Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

New York City Renamed ‘Jewtropolis’ On Snapchat

New Yorkers awoke to a surprise on Thursday morning: Several popular map apps had renamed their city “Jewtropolis.”

Snapchat, StreetEasy and Citi Bike are among the programs affected, as they rely on the third-party map application that may to blame, Newsweek reported. Some people noted that the name varies between New York and Jewtropolis depending on how zoomed in you are.

Snapchat said it is working to fix the issue.

“Snap Map relies on third party mapping data which has unfortunately been subject to vandalism,” Snapchat Support said on Twitter. “We are working with our partner Mapbox to get this fixed immediately.”

Not all are offended — many have taken to Twitter to poke fun at the map hack.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.