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NYC Evolved: 25 Maps Showing The Changes

Browse NYC Evolved: 25 Maps Showing The Changes. NYC wasn’t always so big.

In 1764, New York was a small fort and trading post on the tip of Manhattan.


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By 1776, it had expanded slightly further up the island.


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In 1829, NYC had moved further up the island and small cities were growing across the East River.


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By 1834, Brooklyn had become its own city.


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1836 saw cities develop in New Jersey too.


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By 1856, the NYC grid system was fairly well established.


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Although, as of 1856, there were still no bridges and boats were the only method of transportation off of Manhattan.


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By 1863 Brooklyn was heavily populated, Astoria was becoming a city in its own right, and Central Park existed.


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1868 saw the further expansion of the grid into the Bronx.


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Long Island City existed by 1873.


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In 1891 almost all of Manhattan was developed, at least with roads.


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By 1895, good quality roads crisscrossed most of the city.


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In 1909, the part of Queens east of Astoria was still green and mostly untouched.


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In 1916, an idea was floated to dam the East River, and increase the length of Manhattan.

Grand Central Station was a major hub by 1918.


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The subway was in use by 1924.


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The subway expanded quickly by 1926.


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By 1939, plans were already drawn up to expand public transit.


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In 1948, a number of new lines were added.

In 1967, the USSR commissioned a map of the greater New York area.


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By 1971, the subway was huge.


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NASA took a satellite photo of NYC in 2002.


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In 2006, NYC matched multiple states combined in population.


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NYC in 2010 was a melting pot, though still surprisingly segregated.

In 2011, someone made a map of NYC based on Twitter and Flickr information.


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The latest form of the subway in 2013.

And now, we all have Google Maps.


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