Historical New York City & Manhattan Maps

Historical New York City & Manhattan Maps

New York City Historic Maps

Few cities in America are as historically rich as New York City. Discovered in 1524 by the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, it wasn't until 1625 that Dutch settlers permanently moved into the area, calling it New Amsterdam. However, in 1664, the British took over New Amsterdam, and renamed the settlement after the English Duke of York and Albany. Thus, New York was born.

Over the last four centuries, New York City has undergone a series of significant changes. Its convenient location near the Atlantic Ocean made it a significant trading port under the British regime. In the late 1700's, New York City would serve as an important battle ground during the Revolutionary War, and was America's capital city until 1790.

In 1857, Central Park NY became the first landscaped park in America. Another significant NYC moment came in 1904, when the NYC subway was opened. The easy transportation and growing population developed New York City into a major world business power - certainly the biggest in America. Meanwhile, millions of European immigrants made their way to Ellis Island in hopes of pursuing the American dream.

In the 1930's, the Harlem Renaissance in Manhattan inspired great African-American literary works. Racial tensions in the 1960's divided New York City, and crime rates rose dramatically. With the help of Wall St and the Financial District, NYC saw an economic resurgence in the 1980's and 1990's. Stricter law enforcement and the easing of racial tensions led to a significant drop in crime rates in NYC, and Wall Street enjoyed an internet boom through the late 1990's.

Then, on September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center in NYC was the scene of horrendous terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. Today, the Ground Zero site is the future home of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, set to open in 2011.

Scroll below for historical maps of New York, and get a feel for the great history of NYC before your next NY vacation.

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Tours of New York City

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1.
Jetty Jumpers NYC


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Rockaway Jet Ski


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$30.00 Details
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American Princess Cruises


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$45.00 Details
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NYC Dolphin & Whale Watching


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NY Harbor Cruise


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$40.00 Details
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Hotels in Manhattan

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Shows in Manhattan

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1.
Lion King
at the The Minskoff Theater

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G
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Cheap $82 SEATS Best $160
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4.6875
4 Reviews
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Rock of Ages
at the Helen Hayes Theater

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PG13
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Cheap $70 SEATS Best $149
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3. Motown - The Musical... Save over $15!
at the Lunt-fontanne Theatre

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Chicago Broadway
at the Ambassador Theatre

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Cheap $69 SEATS Best $223
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3.916665
3 Reviews
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Wicked the Musical
at the Gershwin Theatre

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PG
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Cheap $95 SEATS Best $765
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4.8125
4 Reviews
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History of NYC

With so much history behind New York City, there are tons of facts about the Big Apple that few NYC tourists are aware of. Get familiar with New York City before your next NYC vacation!

Battery to 110th st. - 1916

Battery to 110th st. - 1916. Click for larger view.

Did You Know? ...

  • New York City was settled by the Dutch in 1625, and originally called New Amsterdam. It wasn't until Britain took over in 1664 that New Amsterdam became New York.
  • New York City was the first Capital of the United States, and George Washington's Inauguration in 1789 was held on Wall Street. In 1790, Philadelphia replaced NYC as the capital of America.
  • In 1850, more than 25% of New Yorkers were from Ireland, many of whom had traveled to America to escape the Great Irish Famine.
  • The NYC Subway opened to the public in 1904, and was an instant success with New Yorkers.
  • Many of New York's famous Art Deco skyscrapers were built in the 1930's, including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building.
  • Lower Manhattan 1916

    Lower Manhattan 1916. Click for larger view.

  • More than 8 million people live in New York City. NYC is also the most densely populated city in the United States.
  • Nearly 800,000 companies do business in NYC.
  • Close to 300 feature films and more than 100 TV shows are shot on location in NYC each year.
  • Want to own an NYC apartment? We suggest you start saving - the average price of a NY apartment is $1.5 million. Yes, average.
  • Times Square wasn't always such a popular NYC tourist destination. From the 1930's to the early 1990's, Times Square was actually considered one of the most seedy and dangerous neighborhoods in New York City. Today, Times Square is the most visited tourist attraction in the entire country.
  • All four major broadcast networks - CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX - are headquartered in NYC.