Archive for April, 2008

New York City in 1832

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

The New York of 1832 was a city clustered on the streets of lower Manhattan. Most roads above 14th Street existed only as projections on paper until a rapidly growing population forced their opening. Developments below 14th Street were products of earlier thrusts northward by citizens who transformed the landscape into the areas we no know as Greenwich Village, Soho, TriBeCa, Chinatown, and the Lower East Side. The different colored sections on the map below denote the city’s wards, or political units.

William Hooker, Map of the City of New York, Compiled and Engraved…Expressly for the Series of Views Illustrating the City of New York and its Environs, Now Publishing (New York: Peabody & Co., [1832]).

1832 Map of New York

Explore some points of interest to the story of cholera in 19th-century New York City marked on a current map of lower Manhattan.


Plague in Gotham! VODcast

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Stephen Edidin, Curator of AmericanĀ and European Art at the New-York Historical Society, discusses the use of paintings in the exhibition to explore the topic of cholera in the 19th century.