Old Map of Theater District, New York City, 1879: Times Square, Ferry to Weehawken, 42nd Street Station, West 38-50th St, Broadway
Old Map of Theater District, New York City, 1879: Times Square, Ferry to Weehawken, 42nd Street Station, West 38-50th St, Broadway
Old Map of Theater District, New York City, 1879: Times Square, Ferry to Weehawken, 42nd Street Station, West 38-50th St, Broadway
Old Map of Theater District, New York City, 1879: Times Square, Ferry to Weehawken, 42nd Street Station, West 38-50th St, Broadway

Old Map of Theater District, New York City, 1879: Times Square, Ferry to Weehawken, 42nd Street Station, West 38-50th St, Broadway

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Welcome to a fascinating glimpse into the past with this detailed 1879 map of the Theater District, part of wards 20 & 22, in New York City, meticulously crafted by G.W. Bromley. This hand-colored lithographed map is not just a navigational aid but a historical document that provides a unique insight into the urban landscape of New York City at the close of the 19th century. The map meticulously marks buildings, fire hydrants, steam and street railways, and even the original water courses and farm lines that predate the city's modern grid.

The map covers an area bustling with activity and historical significance, showcasing the Central Market, the Ferry to Weehawken, and the 42nd Street Station. The Theater District's vibrant streets are drawn with such precision that one can almost hear the horse-drawn carriages clattering down Broadway. The ward boundaries, water mains, and block dimensions are also carefully indicated, offering invaluable information for historians, urban planners, and anyone interested in the evolution of this iconic city.

G.W. Bromley's work is renowned for its accuracy and detail, and this map is no exception. It is an excellent representation of cartographic style and technique of the era. The hand coloring differentiates various features clearly, while annotations add to the richness of the information provided, making it a treasure trove for enthusiasts of cartography and New York City history.

Landmarks like the Central Market serve as reminders of the city's commercial past, while the inclusion of original farm lines and water courses offers a stark contrast to the metropolis we know today. The map also hints at the technological advances of the time, with steam railways marking the advent of rapid urban transit. This historic map is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to understand the city's past or appreciate the roots of its modern infrastructure.

It is important to note that while this map offers a detailed portrayal of the Theater District and surrounding areas during the year 1879, it may not accurately reflect the current geography of New York City. Some places may no longer exist, have been renamed, or have shifted in relevance. This map is best appreciated as a historical document, providing a snapshot of New York City at a specific moment in time.

Neighborhoods and Regions:

  • Theater District
  • Central Market Area
  • Proximity to Weehawken Ferry
  • Vicinity of 42nd Street Station

Streets and Avenues:

  • West 38th St
  • West 39th St
  • West 40th St
  • West 41st St
  • West 42nd St
  • West 43rd St
  • West 44th St
  • West 45th St
  • West 46th St
  • West 47th St
  • West 48th St
  • West 49th St
  • West 50th St
  • Broadway
  • 7th Avenue
  • 8th Avenue
  • 9th Avenue
  • 10th Avenue

Historic Landmarks and Features:

  • Central Market
  • Ferry to Weehawken
  • 42nd Street Station
  • Original Farm Lines
  • Steam Railways
  • Times Square

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