Old Map of Lower East Side, New York City, 1879: Bromley’s Detailed Wards 11 & 18
Old Map of Lower East Side, New York City, 1879: Bromley’s Detailed Wards 11 & 18
Old Map of Lower East Side, New York City, 1879: Bromley’s Detailed Wards 11 & 18
Old Map of Lower East Side, New York City, 1879: Bromley’s Detailed Wards 11 & 18

Old Map of Lower East Side, New York City, 1879: Bromley’s Detailed Wards 11 & 18

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Welcome to a historical journey through the Lower East Side of New York City as it was in the year 1879. This exquisite map, part of an atlas produced by G.W. Bromley, provides an intricate look at parts of Wards 11 and 18, offering a unique snapshot of the city during a pivotal time in its history. The hand-colored lithography enhances the visual appeal of the map, highlighting features such as buildings, fire hydrants, steam and street railways, and even the original water courses that once weaved through the city's landscape.

The map covers an area known for its vibrant immigrant communities and bustling streets. It meticulously details the original farm lines that once demarcated rural plots, alongside the expanding grid of a rapidly urbanizing New York. Notable industrial landmarks such as the Morgan Iron Works and Hotchkiss, Field & Co. Iron Works are prominently displayed, serving as a testament to the industrial boom of the era. The ward boundaries are clearly marked, providing insight into the city's administrative divisions of the time.

For those interested in the development of urban infrastructure, this map offers a wealth of information, including the locations of water mains and block dimensions. The inclusion of transportation routes such as steam and street railways provides a fascinating glimpse into the evolution of public transit in New York City. This map is not just a cartographic record; it's a narrative of a city in transformation, with each line and color marking the progress of an era.

While the atlas from which this map comes was crafted with a high degree of precision, it is essential to note that it represents a city from over a century ago. Buildings, streets, and landmarks may have changed, disappeared, or come into being since 1879. As such, this map should be appreciated as a historical document, capturing the essence of New York City's Lower East Side as it was, not as it is.

The map's artistic merit and historical significance make it an exceptional piece for collectors, historians, and anyone with a love for New York City's past. It's a window into the days gone by, inviting contemplation on the relentless march of urban progress and change.

Please be aware: This is an old map, and as such, it may not accurately reflect the current state of New York City. Some modern places may not be shown, or they may be listed under different names than we are familiar with today.

Neighborhoods or Regions Shown

  • Lower East Side

Streets and Avenues

  • Avenue A
  • Avenue B
  • Avenue C
  • Avenue D
  • 1st Street
  • 2nd Street
  • 3rd Street
  • 4th Street
  • 5th Street
  • 6th Street
  • 7th Street
  • 8th Street
  • 9th Street
  • 10th Street
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 13th Street
  • 14th Street
  • 15th Street
  • 16th Street

Historic Landmarks and Features

  • Morgan Iron Works
  • Hotchkiss, Field & Co. Iron Works

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps to see if something else catches your eye.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.

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Map ageing

I have been asked hundreds of times over the years by customers if they could buy a map that looks even older.

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All the product photos you see on this page show the map in its Original form. This is what the map looks like today.

If you select Aged, I will age your map by hand, using a special and unique process developed through years of studying old maps, talking to researchers to understand the chemistry of aging paper, and of course... lots of practice!

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