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    A very cool feature ^

    But, after having just spent 30 minutes clicking around there, I see it could easily become another perfect place to play when procrastination rules

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    I created a thread about this. Perhaps it should be moved here?

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    Better to leave it as a stand-alone thread.

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    Interactive map comparing the topography of Manhattan in 1609 with that of today:

    Mannahatta Project

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    Aerial NYC Map Adds More Historic Photos, Remains Awesome

    July 21, 2010, by Joey


    [Union Square in (L-R) 1924, 1951 and 1996. Click to expand!]

    A week of our lives vanished into the abyss when the city added detailed aerial photos from 1924 to its interactive NYCityMap, allowing us to fast-forward through history with the click of a mouse and see how stadiums, slums, farms and docks became parking lots, Stuy Town, houses and Battery Park City, respectively. Now the most addictive online toy since Farmville is even better: Aerial map photos from 1951 and 1996 have been added. Like before, just head to NYCityMap and click on the camera icon to bring up the slider that lets you go back in time. See you later, workplace productivity! The WSJ's Metropolis blog points out some urban development stuff to be on the lookout for.

    NYCityMap [nyc.gov]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/0...ns_awesome.php

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    Very nice links!

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    Fantastic Map of NYC and environs, circa 1821:

    MAP at American Memory

    The City of New York as laid out by the Commissioners with the surrounding country / by their secretary and surveyor John Randel, Junr.

    Link to MAP with Zoom View

    Link to Super Huge MAP

    CREATED/PUBLISHED: New York : P. Maverik sculp., 1821.

    NOTES: Street planning map. Covers all of Manhattan Island (New York, N.Y.) and substantial parts of adjacent counties in New York and New Jersey. Shows existing and proposed streets; also buildings and other structures, streams and other wetlands, political boundaries.

    Shows relief by hachures.

    Includes illustrations of surveying equipment used by the author.

    Includes extensive text in left, right and lower margins outside neat line.

    Includes 2 ancillary maps: Map of the States of Connecticut and Rh[ode Island] with p[arts of] New York, ...; The City of Philadelphia with the surrounding country by John Randel Junr.

    "Longitude East from London."

    Scale [ca. 1:42,000].

    REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA

    DIGITAL ID: g3804n ct001389 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gmd/g3804n.ct001389

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    Another good map from 1842:

    Full Title: New York and vicinity.

    Link to Zoomable MAP at David Rumsey Map Collection

    Entered ... 1842 by Sidney E. Morse and Samuel Breese ... New York. (New York: Published by Harper & Brothers, 1845)

    Author: Morse, Sidney E. (Sidney Edwards), 1794-1871 ; Breese, Samuel, 1802-1873

    Full David Rumsey Map Collection Catalog Record:

    Author: Morse, Sidney E. (Sidney Edwards), 1794-1871 ; Breese, Samuel, 1802-1873

    Date: 1845

    Short Title: New York and vicinity.

    Publisher: New York: Harper & Brothers

    Type: Atlas Map

    Object Height cm: 38

    Object Width cm: 31

    Scale 1: 42,240

    Date: 1845

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    Something to look through, slowly page by page, while coping with these hot summer days ...

    The iconography of Manhattan Island 1498-1909 (v. 1)

    From the Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections

    Originally only 362 copies were printed on "English Hand-Made Paper and Forty-Two on Japanese Vellum". Includes a batch of beautiful plates (prints & maps) with detailed descriptions (the pdf version is fantastic, but a very large file). There are also additional Volumes on line (Volume 2 covers Cartography).

    The cover page of Volume 1 ...

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    Interactive MAP of WTC site from OASIS / NYPL, comparing land & building characteristics from 1604 up to present day.

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    Citywide Waterfront Map

    CITY PLANNING’S NEW INTERACTIVE ONLINE WATERFRONT MAP PROVIDES
    INFORMATION ON WATERFRONT PUBLIC ACCESS IN EVERY BOROUGH

    July 30, 2010 – City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden today announced the launch of a new interactive waterfront map on the Department of City Planning web page. Now for the first time ever, New Yorkers have a helpful tool to find all 224 publicly accessible waterfront spaces throughout the five boroughs. Prepared as part of the work of Vision 2020: New York City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, New Yorkers and visitors can now easily locate the approximately 200 linear miles of shorefront public parks and other publicly accessible spaces on private property, as well as the more than 20 linear miles of publicly accessible shorefront spaces that are in progress or planned on public property. The interactive waterfront map and Vision 2020 are part of the New York City Waterfront Vision and Enhancement Strategy (WAVES), a citywide initiative that will create a new sustainable blueprint for the City’s more than 500 miles of shoreline, which Mayor Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launched in April 2010.

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    Default New York City Maps...

    ...well, not quite .


    What If Manhattan Was Designed Like Paris?

    by Michelle Young

    A digital design class at Columbia University has led to some provocative questions about New York City. The below work by Charles-Antoine Perrault destabilizes our conception of Manhattan, which we so strongly associate with the street grid. But what if the early city planners had envisioned a city with the grand boulevards of Paris? It happened in Washington D.C. and Detroit, so why not New York?


    This “photograph” also shows that Central Park is enough of an identifier (along with the Manhattan Google Maps bubble of course), to retain our sense of geolocation. Charles-Antoine is from Paris, and in his homage to two great cities he says, “I covered Manhattan with Paris Left Bank streets. You might recognise Gare Montparnasse on the right and the Invalides in the top left corner. Pretty fun to imagine New Yorkers lost in Manhattan without their grid!” Fellow student Alex Wallach then took the concept and superimposed Paris onto the famous 1807 Commisioners’ street grid plan.



    And in another piece, Alex takes an 1859 rendering of Central Park with the perspective stretching out into the hinterland of New York and New Jersey and superimposes the Manhattan of today. It demonstrates not only man’s domination of nature, but also visually conveys the foresight of the New York City Board of Commissioners. By anticipating the rapid urbanization of New York and planning to save open space, they benefited the many generations since and the ones to come. I bet in the fancy speak of that era, they would have said they were doing it “for posterity,” and they were right!



    For more fun with Google Maps, check out the hidden Bushwick airplane article from Untapped that started it all…

    http://newyork.untappedcities.com/20...ed-like-paris/

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    Heaven save us....


    I think the other thing that made a big difference with Manhattan is that it was already set up to be a series of parallel roadways. Paris and DC were not.

    Take a look at what happens to the city AFTER you get out of the restrictions of both rivers. It goes back to a radial construction (like an imperfect crystal) focused on different travel points like major town centers, parks and river crossings.

    Granted, it was the pre-planning and layout that accomplished this street grid, but it was not much of a push to accomplish that.

    Now, turn this study on its head. What would have happened if NYC was designed with todays needs? I am not talking about Moses's decimation of the existing city in hopes of turning it into an Auto Mecha, but more along the lines of a more organized metro system, direct conenctions for rail and auto across teh island and other "needs".

    How would it have been done differently knowing what we know now?

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    Default NYCityMap on NYC.gov

    http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap

    Just thought you might be interested in this resource as well.

    You can search for locations and create links to using the "Link Button" on the toolbar. You can also include additional information from hundreds of map overlays.

    Here is an example of a link to City Hall showing subways and wifi hot-spots:

    http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/nycitymap/?z=8&p=982585,198943&c=GISBasic&f=WIFI_HOTSPOT,SUB WAY&s=p:CITY+HALL,MANHATTAN

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    The great thing about that map system is it has aerials from 1924. It's a "fly" back in time

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