Vintage New York City Map (1847) – Examination and Perspective

We are going to take a quick look at one of our vintage New York City maps in our vast collection that displays Manhattan in an overhead 2d street view perspective. The map we are currently looking at was produced in 1847 and is displayed with a uniform color scheme. In terms of transportation, the map displays road systems, railways and ferry routes. The map also features around 50 different reference points regarding historical landmarks, colleges, government buildings and other points of interest.

lower manhattan 1847Lower Manhattan displays several locations such as Battery Park, Castle Garden, various clustered streets and piers throughout the coastal areas. In the image above we also see the beginnings of a railway system that travels north to south on Manhattan Island. There are also several points of reference on a singular street on this map, more specifically on Broadway. In the image above, start from the most northerly part of Battery Park and find the street with dots and numbers ranging (1,2,3,5,6,7,8,14,18). Below are the listed points of interest and their respective numbers.

1) The Atlantic Hotel

2) Delmonico’s

3) The Mansion Hotel

5) Judson’s Hotel and Globe Hotel

6) The Trinity Church

7) The City Hotel

8) Croten

14) Rathbuns Hotel

18) D. Appleton Publishing House

These are just a few of the numbered locations that we are showing you that are displayed on this map.

governors island and brooklyn 1847The image above displays other locations throughout the New York City Metropolitan area. We see Governor’s Island with illustrations detailing Fort Columbus as well as Castle William. We also see a portion of Brooklyn New York to the west of Governor’s Island for which we see labeled streets as well as railway lines. Also we can see various ferry lines and the distances they travel between lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and elsewhere.

northern brooklyn and mid to lower manhattan 1847Looking at this section of the map we can see Navy Yard written on the a landscape over in Brooklyn New York. This area was and still is a United States Naval Yard that houses and ports naval ships that travel down the East River. Over on the Manhattan side we can see a cross hatched line that signifies a railway, for which we see that it zig zags south to north and travels vertically through Manhattan Island. Another thing that I’ve noticed on this map is that the piers on the lower portion of Manhattan’s East River side seem to be much more condensed. As you travel up the East River though, those ports seem to gradually be spaced out more. This is probably due to the highly populated areas of lower Manhattan vs. the less populated areas as you move northward.

ellis island and jersey city labeledTo the southwestern part of this map, I thought it was pretty cool that Ellis Island and Fort Gibson was labeled. Also Jersey City NJ is shown with a few geographical characteristics that include a railway system route that travels to the coast of New Jersey. This railway probably travels to a port where travelers or goods can be transported to Manhattan Island. Also we get to see a few labeled streets that existed in Jersey City at the time.

I really love these old map of New York City! They are loaded with information that pertains to that time and they let you compare and contrast it to the evolution of the greatest city on Earth. If you have any questions about this map I’d be happy to answer them below! Also if you like this map ALOT, we actually have this EXACT map available for purchase on our online store in a customizable poster print form. Check out the link below for details.

Click the image and link below to take a look at our Customizable New York City Map (1847) Poster Print:

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