In conjunction with the opening of the City Museum's blockbuster exhibition The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011, Susan Henshaw Jones, the Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York, and Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer announced the launch of this new website. Through the work of the Museum’s innovative Digital Project, 92 early Manhattan maps (the “Randel Farm maps”) have been digitally stitched together into a single image for the first time, providing an unparalleled and unprecedented opportunity to see how the island of Manhattan appeared in the early 19th century.

Drafted between 1818 and 1820 by surveyor John Randel, Jr., this set of one-of-a-kind documents has long been in the care of the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. The hand-drawn, hand-colored maps document the island of Manhattan in meticulous detail, revealing Manhattan block by block as it was in the 1810s. Through an extraordinary public-private collaboration, the Museum of the City of New York and the Borough President’s Office worked together to digitize this unique resource and assure its preservation and access to the public.

 

Explore the Randel Farm Maps here!