Vintage Map Shows a Birds Eye View of New York and Brooklyn Circa 1851

Photo: Imgur

This vintage map from 1851 shows a New York and Brooklyn very different from what we know today. Much of Brooklyn is still undeveloped, including the Navy Yards, most of Williamsburg and Bushwick. Queens is almost non-existant in the distance. The famous Manhattan skylines is nowhere to be seen, and the bridges have yet to be built.

The map was drawn by famous birds-eye map illustrator John Bachmann and currently resides in the Library of Congress.

Bird's-eye view of New York City and Brooklyn showing Battery Park and Governors Island in the foreground; prominent features numbered with key below image.

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