Vintage City Maps
One hobby which I have picked up recently involves collecting vintage
city maps. Some of the maps are in old atlases, and some of them are
sheet maps. Of interest to me are the ways in which streets slowly
change over time, usually in response to the pressures of
New York City Maps
1860 "Valentine's Manuel" map
of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
1886 street map of Lower Manhattan
1886 street map of Upper Manhattan
1886 street map of Brooklyn
ca. 1902 Map of New York City,
(Copyright date 1902, map is probably earlier).
1903 street map of Manhattan Island
showing the boundaries of the former Village of New Harlem.
1934 map of lower Manhattan.
1934 map of upper Manhattan.
1934 map of downtown Boston
1965 Regional plan for Boston
showing the proposed inner ring road (unbuilt) as
well as the proposed southwestern expressway (also unbuilt).
If you like the maps, please visit my
tour of Washington Heights, Fort Tryon Park, and Upper Manhattan
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