Manhattan’s Grid System Celebrated in 200th Anniversary Exhibit

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Manhattanhenge drew out crowds of shutterbugs on Manhattan's cross streets Monday night. (DNAinfo/Paul Lomax)

 

MANHATTAN — It’s the building block of the city.

A new exhibit at East Harlem’s Museum of the City of New York celebrates the 200th anniversary of Manhattan’s grid system — a plan that defines New York’s unique and concentrated structure.

“The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811 — 2011” chronicles the history of Manhattan’s streets and avenues, from the birth of the 1811 Commissioner’s Plan to the grid’s construction and development over the next two centuries.

Rare historical maps, original plans and photographs dating back as far as 1763 illustrate how the grid’s production transformed Manhattan from rolling green hills and farmland to a bustling metropolis during the 19th century. READ MORE >>>

 

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