Bringing the woods to the city.

Brooklyn, New York | 2280 Sales


Bringing the woods to the city.

Brooklyn, New York 2280 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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**Order by 12/14 for 12/24 delivery! We will be closed from 12/23 to 01/03. All orders placed during this time will ship in early 2019.**


Last updated on Dec 12, 2018

[20% OFF COASTERS] Use code 'HOLIDAYCHEER' at checkout.

**Order by 12/14 for 12/24 delivery! We will be closed from 12/23 to 01/03. All orders placed during this time will ship in early 2019.**


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Your hood etched in wood.

From Brooklyn with Love
Neighborwoods began as a passion project initiated by Aymie Spitzer in 2012 while she was a designer at Hyperakt, an independent design studio based in Brooklyn. Aymie’s love of vintage maps and hand lettering came to life on a beautiful map of Brooklyn she engraved on Hyperakt’s newly acquired laser engraver.

From that single map, a company was born. Hyperakt incubated Neighborwoods and we’ve all had a ton of fun learning what it’s like to expand a product line, sort out production and fulfillment at scale, provide human-to-human customer service and present our product to people who love fine craftsmanship as much as we do. Thousands of Neighborwoods products ship out every month to customers all over the world who yearn to have a memento of their favorite city etched in wood, just like we did.

Natural Materials
Neighborwoods products are made with Aromatic Red Cedar plywood, which comes from the Western Red Cedar tree. The species is native to western North America, and specifically, to the Pacific Northwest. Western Red Cedar trees are huge! They range in height from 213-230 ft tall and 10-13 feet wide. Dozens of 8’ X 10’ sheets of the Red Cedar arrive at our Miami production facility every month and are then trimmed down to fit in our laser engravers.

The adhesive used to bond the Aromatic Red Cedar veneer to its' solid 1/4” core is made from all natural, soy-based ingredients. It is formaldehyde free, completely biodegradable, and 100% made in the USA.

Environmental Responsibility
The wood we use is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and harvested in the USA. FSC certification ensures that products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. The rustic look of the reddish colored heartwood and its fresh natural scent help lend our products their heirloom charm.

The Neighborwoods Family
We are as mom and pop as they come. Hyperakt co-founder, Deroy Peraza leads creative direction and strategy for Neighborwoods while his parents’ company, based in Miami, handles all of our production and fulfillment.

Our day to day operations and our community are managed by the amazing Mary Dawson, who has been part of the Neighborwoods family since our very early days. She is in constant coordination with John Rincon who meticulously manages our production space in Miami where the walls are covered with racks, labeled by city, neatly storing our stock of maps and the room is always abuzz with the sound of lasers making magic. Our products are lovingly photographed by Marianna Fierro.

Shop members

  • Aymie Spitzer

    Founder & Designer

    Hailing from Phoenix, Aymie’s love of old world maps and hand lettering inspired her to create Neighborwoods as a lab project while she was working at Hyperakt, a Brooklyn design agency. Her lettering and design is the heart and soul of our products.

  • Deroy Peraza

    Owner, Principal & Creative Director

    A Brooklynite by way of Havana and Miami, Deroy has a not so small obsession with Barcelona. He is the driving force behind Hyperakt Labs, where Neighborwoods was incubated. He handles all Neighborwoods business strategy and creative direction.

  • Mary Dawson

    Community & Operations Manager

    Mary is a Philly girl. She takes fine care of our customers and retailers day in and day out, and ensures that our products make their way to loving homes. Mary also handles our social media and finances. She is the glue that holds it all together.

  • John Rincon

    Production Manager

    Although from Venezuela, John is as precise as a Swiss watch. His laser-beam focus and stoic attention to detail is our secret weapon. He orchestrates the production of thousands of beautifully crafted Neighborwoods products from our Miami workshop.

  • Marianna Fierro


    Imported from Udine, Italy, Marianna’s default attitude in everything she does is passionate enthusiasm. As our product photographer, she won’t rest until every tasty detail of our products is captured through her lens.

Production partners

  • GD Rubber Stamps

    Miami, FL

    We chose our manufacturer because Deroy Peraza, our Creative Director has known them his whole life. Our manufacturer is very much a mom and pop shop – literally Deroy’s mom and pop in fact. Deroy worked in the shop while he was growing up in Miami.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 15, 2016
Welcome to the 'hood!

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If your order is damaged or you are unhappy, we will refund or coordinate an alternative solution to ensure you are satisfied with your purchase.
We accept PayPal, credit cards, and Etsy Gift Cards.

More information

Last updated on Oct 12, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

The wood we use to make our products holds up well with water contact. It’s so durable in fact, it’s often used for outdoor fences. If you'd like to add some extra protection, you can apply a topcoat of polyurethane from Minwax. This will completely protect the wood. The only downside of doing so is that you'll lose the natural woodsy scent.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Our maps come wrapped in paper and twine with your city's stamp, ready to give. Coaster sets also come ready to gift in a canvas drawstring bag.They make excellent gifts for weddings, anniversaries, graduations, housewarmings, corporate events, etc.

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