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 .: New York Album
 .: Thematic Mapping Analysis

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A compendium of texts and links relating to the study of the course of New York City
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Image portfolios organized in chronological, thematic, and/or media specific groupings
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 .: The Subway Project 2001

Visual Resources


Select one of the portfolios below to view a collection of images.

Map Portfolios for New York City

Redraft of the Castello Plan New Amsterdam in 1660
John Wolcott Adams & I.N. Phelps Stokes
Pen and ink on paper, 33 1/2 x 45 7/8 inches

  Map for Manhattan Landuse in 1664
Eric Homberger, The Historical Atlas of New York City
  Map for New York City Wards in 1703
Eric Homberger, The Historical Atlas of New York City

The Plan of the City of New York from an actual Survey Made by Iames Lyne in 1730
Uncolored copperplate engraving;18 x 20 1/4 inches


A Map of the City of New York by the commissioners appointed by an act of the Legislature passed April 3rd 1807 (issued in 1811)
Drawn by John Randel, Jr.;
Uncolored manuscript on paper, 106 x 30 7/16 inches

  Bird's-eye view of New York with Battery Park in the foreground and the Brooklyn Bridge on the right published in 1873.
Published by Geo. Degen, New York
  Bird's-eye view of New York showing the waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge, with Battery Park and Governors Island in the foreground published in 1874.
Schlegel, George / Publisher: Tamsen & Dethlefs, New York
  Sanitary & Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York (showing original water courses and made land) issued in 1874
Egbert L. Viele;
Colored Lithograph, 63 x 17 1/2 inches
  The City of New York. Will L. Taylor, chief draughtsman, published by Galt & Hoy in 1879 (South of Chamber Street)
Perspective map not drawn to scale. Bird's-eye-view.
Includes illus., index to points of interest, directory, view of "Manhattan Beach," and map "New York & Manhatten Beach R.R. & branches."
188 x 107 cm. on 4 sheets 97 x 55 cm.
  Map and guide of the elevated railroads of New York City 1881 by Latimer, H. I.
  Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (New York / New Jersey) through Columbia University Library Network
Digital Sanborn Maps is a collection of large-scale landbook maps which includes information such as the outline of each building, the size and shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. Textual information includes construction details, ownership and building use. Click here to download instruction 1 & 2.

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