Old Map of Midtown, NYC by Bromley, 1879: Grand Central Terminal, Reservoir Square, West 38th to West 50th Street
Old Map of Midtown, NYC by Bromley, 1879: Grand Central Terminal, Reservoir Square, West 38th to West 50th Street
Old Map of Midtown, NYC by Bromley, 1879: Grand Central Terminal, Reservoir Square, West 38th to West 50th Street
Old Map of Midtown, NYC by Bromley, 1879: Grand Central Terminal, Reservoir Square, West 38th to West 50th Street

Old Map of Midtown, NYC by Bromley, 1879: Grand Central Terminal, Reservoir Square, West 38th to West 50th Street

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This exquisite 1879 map, hand-colored and lithographed by G.W. Bromley, offers a meticulous portrayal of parts of wards 19 and 21 in New York City, encompassing much of Midtown. At a time when New York was rapidly transforming into a modern metropolis, this map captures the cityscape with incredible detail, showing buildings, fire hydrants, and even the original water courses and farm lines that once traversed the area.

Grand Central Depot, known today as Grand Central Terminal, is prominently featured, a beacon of the city's bustling railway system. Reservoir Square, an area of significant recreational and social importance during the period, is also detailed. The map highlights ward boundaries, water mains, and the dimensions of city blocks, offering invaluable insights into the city's development during the late 19th century.

The atlas from which this map is taken was a vital tool for city planners, insurance companies, and property developers of the era. It was not only a navigation aid but also a legal and commercial document. The hand coloring differentiates wards and highlights important features, while annotations denote the existence of steam and street railways, a testament to the technological advancements of the time.

Maps such as this are crucial for understanding the evolution of New York City. They offer a window into the past, showing us the foundations upon which the modern city stands. For historians, cartographers, and enthusiasts of New York City's rich tapestry, this map is a treasure trove of information, rendered with an accuracy and attention to detail that is both impressive and beautiful.

As a historical document, this map may not reflect the current state of New York City. It is an artifact from a bygone era, and many places may not be shown or may have been known by different names at the time of its creation. Please be aware of its historical context when examining the map.

Neighborhoods and Regions

  • Midtown
  • Reservoir Square (Bryant Park)

Streets and Avenues

  • West 38th Street
  • West 39th Street
  • West 42nd Street
  • East 42nd Street
  • West 44th Street
  • West 45th Street
  • West 46th Street
  • West 47th Street
  • West 48th Street
  • West 49th Street
  • West 50th Street
  • First Avenue
  • Second Avenue
  • Third Avenue
  • Lexington Avenue
  • Fourth Avenue
  • Madison Avenue
  • 5th Avenue
  • Sixth Avenue

Landmarks and Parks

  • Grand Central Depot
  • Reservoir Square

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This map looks amazing at sizes all the way up to 70in (180cm). If you are looking for a larger map, please get in touch.

The model in the listing images is holding the 24x36in (60x90cm) version of this map.

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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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