Explore Manhattan’s foundational act of city planning in this blockbuster exhibition.

The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, the design that established Manhattan’s street grid. The plan, once called “the single most important document in New York City’s development,” is widely considered to be visionary and far-reaching. Described by the commission as a blend “beauty, order and convenience,” the grid was adopted in 1811 to facilitate the sale and development of land north of 14th Street to Washington Heights. Featuring an original map of New York's planned streets and avenues prepared by the Commission in 1811, other rare maps, photographs, and prints of the city's streets, and original manuscripts and publications that document the city’s physical growth, the exhibition examines the grid’s initial design, implementation, and evolution as a defining feature of the city.

The Greatest Grid is a co-presentation of the Museum of the City of New York, the New York Public Library, and The Architectural League of New York and is sponsored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President.

Press

  • Read the New York Times review of the exhibition here.

Honorary Chairs

Honorary Chairs

Amanda M. Burden
Chair, City Planning Commission and Director, New York City Department of City Planning

Scott M. Stringer
Manhattan Borough President

Co-chairs

Richard T. Anderson
President, New York Building Congress

Jill Chalsty
Founder and Chairman, Community for Education Foundation

Todd DeGarmo
CEO, STUDIOS Architecture

Ronay Menschel
Chairman, Phipps Houses

Mitchell S. Steir
Chairman and CEO, Studley, Inc.

  • Sponsors

    The exhibition is supported by generous grants from:

    Con Edison
    The Durst Organization
    Dyson Foundation
    Andrew Farkas/Island Capital Group
    Lily Auchincloss Foundation
    New York State Council on the Arts
    The Rockefeller Foundation

    Major sponsorship is also provided by:

    AECOM
    Jill and John Chalsty
    Todd DeGarmo/STUDIOS Architecture
    Peter S. Kalikow
    Ronay and Richard L. Menschel
    Nixon Peabody LLP
    Studley, Inc.
    Vornado Realty Trust

    Additional support has been received from:

    American Continental Group, Inc.
    AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
    Benchmark Builders, Inc.
    Suzanne Davis and Rolf Ohlhausen
    Cooper Joseph Studio
    The 42nd Street Fund
    Gardiner & Theobald
    New York Building Foundation
    The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
    Robert Derector Associates
    Silverstein Properties
    The Solow Art and Architecture Foundation
    Structure Tone, Inc.
    Taconic Charitable Foundation
    VVA Project Managers & Consultants
    Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

    The exhibition is also made possible with funds from:

    Manhattan Delegation, New York City Council
    New York Council for the Humanities

    The companion book is supported by Furthermore: A Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund