Mapping 200 years of New York’s grid system

New York grid system map, 1811
March 22nd, 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Manhattan street grid plan proposed by John Randel. To celebrate this Birthday the New York Times has created a wonderful interactive feature charting the changes to the city over that period.

The feature packed Google map mash-up includes overlays of Randel’s 1811 map, another plan from 1836 showing Manhattan farms, a cool slider controlled map displaying street openings every year since 1842 and historic census data. Click the options in the side menu to view these.

Additionally, there’s a detailed article exploring the history of the plan, offering some contemporary analysis of its impact.


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