Historical Castle Garden Photographs

In this post we will be examining various historical photographs of Castle Garden in NYC. After each photograph we will give a title to the image as well as a publication date. Below that information we will also provide a brief synopsis of what is contained and displayed in the photograph itself. If you have any questions or comments about the material please feel free to leave them below.

Castle Garden Immigrant Depot Entrance (1870 – 1890?)

Interesting photograph of Castle Garden as it displays one of the entrances into the main immigrant depot. We know that this is the depot largely because “Castle Garden” is written in huge text on the front of the building. What I really like about this historical photograph is the various people displayed infront of the building itself. From the looks of it the people range from immigration officers to actual immigrants. It also appears that this photograph was taken either during the late fall or winter as the trees infront of the building have no leaves. The publication considered to have been taken in the later part of the 1800’s, but we cannot confirm that. The only thing we can confirm is that Castle Garden was in operation from 1855 – 1890.

Castle Garden Main Building (1855 – 1870?)

If we look at this photograph we obviously can see the Castle Garden immigration building (the same one in the previous photograph). What’s interseting about this photograph is that there is practically nothing around the main building, leading me to believe that this photograph was taken in the earlier years of operation. This photograph was used in a publication titled the “The Kings Handbook of New York City” – 1893. We know that Castle Garden stopped operation in 1890, so this is obviously a photograph from a previous date.

Castle Garden and New York City Harbor (1902)

A wonderful panoramic photograph we have in our collection that displays Castle Garden off in the distance as well as the surrounding buildings and areas. If you look really really far into the New York City Harbor you can see the statue of liberty. I really like that you get to see a side street next to castle garden in which you get to see the nearby businesses and horse and buggies. Based on the park in the foreground of Castle Garden I can only assume that this photograph was taken in a late spring, summer or early fall time period in 1902.

Castle Garden and NYC Harbor Aerial Photograph (1902)

We have another aerial photograph of Castle Garden and the NYC harbor, again like the last one it was taken in 1902. In the far distance of the harbor you can see the Statue of Liberty a little better. You can also see the various ships throughout the harbor. Based on the steam coming from the boats and buildings and the leafless trees around Castle Garden I’m going to make the assumption that this photograph was taken during the winter months.

If you would like us to find more historical photographs of Castle Garden or other parts of New York City please leave a comment below and make a request!

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Discovering New Amsterdam – 1600’s Cartography

One of the earliest maps of New Amsterdam is displayed right below this paragraph. The map displays a very basic illustration of lower Manhattan and was originally produced in 1664. The map was produced for James the Duke of York in order to lay down the first plans for the construction of a new Colony. Below the map we will examine and explore various cartographic attributes that make this map absolutely stunning. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below!

Quite an interesting early map of New Amsterdam we have displayed above! There is no doubt in my mind that this map was originally produced in 1664 as you can see a developmental and early illustration of lower Manhattan. The other aspects that overwhelmingly confirm the publication date is the spelling as well as the labellings throughout this map. Longe Isleland is obviously spelled quite different then it is today and to the left of the map you can clearly see the labeling “The Dukes Plan” “A Description of the Towne of Mannados-(Manhattan) or New Amsterdam”. Also if we look at the river on the opposite side of long island we see “Hudfrons River”, an old spelling of the Hudson River no doubt.

This map presents many clues to us about what New York City was like back in 1664. For example look at the plentiful amount of ships over in the East River. What this tells me is that many ships back in the mid 1600’s were landing and porting their ships along this area and were provided with easier access to the Atlantic ocean from side of New Amsterdam. Its even true today that more ships are in port along the East River, look at where the U.S. Naval Shipyard is… located on the East River for easy access to the Atlantic.

We can obviously see that lower Manhattan in this map is somewhat underdeveloped. From the looks of it, it seems there were only 3 avenues and mini neighborhoods scattered throughout Manhattan’s lower quarter. Beyond these locations we see sporadic illustrations possibly detailing the planning of new neighborhoods and or developing and clearing the land on the island. The lower quarter of New Amsterdam is drawn with a vertical line with 5 pointed dividers. This line on the map represents the fortifications built on the upper section of this colony. I have evidence to support this finding that this is a fortification by cross-referencing it with another map of New Amsterdam below:

Fortifactions new amsterdam numbered

Notice the 5 points in the image above, well there are also 5 points in the same location on the map above this one. So without a doubt I can tell you that they fortified this section of New Amsterdam.

Another aspect that stands out to me that are on both of these maps is the fortification located at the southern tip of lower Manhattan. This fort has been called so many different names throughout time. It has been called Fort Amsterdam, Fort George, Fort William Henry and much more. But as you can see on both maps It gave the dutch a strategic advantage to defending lower Manhattan. Not only did it provide an advantage with line of site scouting for invaders coming from the Atlantic or the Hudson, but it also contributed and gave the Dutch a strategic vantage point for their cannons to fire upon incoming ships as well a fall back location for the island as a whole. The 1st map displayed does not display the cannons in the 4 quadrants of the fort. The 2nd map displayed though overwhelmingly does.

fort amsterdam cannonsThese are just a few of the various historical aspects that we’ve explored and uncovered on these old vintage maps of New Amsterdam. Please feel free to subscribe to our blog on the right hand side! We will be continuing this exploration of History of New York City and we blog constantly. If you have any questions or comments about this post please feel free to comment below!

New York City Map – Messenger Bags

Introducing…. drumroll please…… New York City map messenger bags! That’s right, sport your love for the greatest city in the world on these customly design Rickshaw messenger bags. The bags are manufactured with a rugged polyester material, their dimensions are 11″ hieght x 18″ width x 6″ Depth. The bags are also water resistant and machine-washable. The inside of the bag has 1 large main compartment accompanied by 2 front pockets. It’s extremely lightweight and comfortably accompanies a persons body. The bag can easily hold a 13″ laptop and comes with a quick adjust should strap. The maps that are designed on these messenger bags range in publication dates. Some were originally produced as early as the 1600’s all the way to the 1900’s. The maps also range in perspective in that some are birds-eye perspective maps and others are overhead 2D maps. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave them below. Also feel free to click on the images and link to take a closer look at these wonderful New York City Map messenger bags.

Vintage Map of New York City (1911) Courier Bag
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Vintage Map of New York City (1886) Messenger Bag
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New York City Historical Geography (1893-1894) YouTube Video

Hey everyone, just wanted to share one of our latest YouTube uploads that examines and explores a vintage New York City map that was produced in 1893 – 1894. In the video we look at various characteristics that make this map special. For example the fact that this map is a very slender in terms of horizontal width is kind of rare. New York City maps tend to be show in a vertical statue, but typically they are never this slender horizontally. In the video we also look at the various transportation lines detailed on the map. Often we see railways that travel to ports that have ferry systems that travel to Manhattan Island as well as other places in the NYC metropolitan area. Click the play button below to check out the video for yourself. Leave a comment below to tell us what you guys think! Also Subscribe to our YouTube Channel!

New York City Port History and Cartograph (1892) – YouTube Video

Hey everyone, just wanted to share with you guys our latest YouTube upload in which we explore and examine a vintage map of the Port of New York that was produced in 1892. The map displays lower Manhattan as well as the surrounding areas in a 3d birds-eye perspective in that we get to see building architecture, changes in landscape, vegetation and much more. Check out the video below and tell us what you think! Also don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel and or our Historical NYC Blog!

The Sons of Liberty at Turtle Bay – Story of Manhattan Audiobook

This is an audio recording of a vintage book titled “The Story of Manhattan”. In this audiobook recording the chapter focuses on the events that took place relating to the Son of Liberty at Turtle Bay. Turtle bay was an extremely important part of the revolutionary war in the New York City area. It was the location for which the colonial resistance hid essential munitions to arm the future continental army. Check out the audio recording below for further information.

New York City Paintings

I thought of a new element to add to this New York City historical blog, I asked myself why not add vintage paintings of New York City. So here we have it, we are going to share some elegant paintings and various scenes of NYC that are displayed in numerous ways. Tell us what you guys thinks by leaving a comment below!

Snow in New York by Robert Henri

Fifth Avenue, New York City by Colin Campbell Cooper

View of New York City by Colin Campbell Cooper

New York City Street Scene by Edward Middlton Manigault

Rue de New York by Hippolyte Sebron

New York by George Bellows

Snowstorm Madison Square by Childe Hassam

Flatiron Building by Colin Campbell Cooper

Men on The Docks by George Bellows

Fifth Avenue at Madison Square by Theodore Robinson

Italio-American Celebration, Washington Square by William Glackens