Monday, January 17, 2011

Rare 1770 Map Found by Brooklyn Historical Society

A rare 1770 Ratzer map of New York City was found in a warehouse and painstakingly restored by the Brooklyn Historical Society.  According to the New York Times, the society doesn't know how it got to their Connecticut warehouse but the name Pierrepont was clearly legible on the back of the linen.

The map shows Old Fulton Street and Flatbush Avenue surrounded by farms and woods in "Brookland." The streets of lower Manhattan are shown in detail, with farms and trees to the north

The society plans a viewing sometime in the future. Until then, click on the interactive map at the Times to see it yourself.

Go to McBrooklyn's HOME PAGE.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NY Society Library has one in the staircase. Couple of good multi-megabyte scans online. Maps is an incrediblly good reference for geology and history.