Video Walkthrough of a Vintage New York City Transit Line Map from 1892

The Great Engineering Works of New York City.
The Great Engineering Works of New York City.
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Our friends at Historical NYC recently analyzed a New York City Transit Map that was published in Scientific American Magazine in 1892, long before the subway system arrived in the City. According to Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, the map a rare edition of Scientific American Magazine issued to praise the great engineering projects of New York City. The front cover features a map of New York City’s elevated train line – the precursor to the modern subway system, a View of Manhattan showing several important stations and bridges, and a close up of the 155th Street Viaduct with the new "Manhattan Field" (later called Polo Ground), and of the never-built Union Station on West 42nd Street. Includes the full 10 page magazine. Features projected but never built include railroad bridges to Hoboken, Weehawken, and Long Island City.

Historical NYC gives a great overview of the map and cover, with a little bit of history thrown in for good measure. For more videos like this, be sure to follow their Bravura Media Company YouTube channel.

via Historical NYC

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their dog. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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