The Greatest Grid, an Interactive Map of the 1811 Master Plan of New York City

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The Manhattan street grid is perhaps the most famous example of urban planning done right.

The street grid is a defining element of Manhattan. Established in 1811 to blanket the island when New York was a compact town at the southern tip, the grid was the city’s first great civic enterprise and a vision of brazen ambition. It is also a milestone in the history of city planning and sets a standard to think just as boldly about New York’s future.

It all stemmed from the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811, recently digitized and made into an interactive map called The Greatest Grid by the Museum of the City of New York.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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