Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009

Industrial Map of New York City Showing Manufacturing Industries. [New York]: Merchants’ Association of New York, 1922. NYPL, The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division. Vanity Fair points to Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009, an exhibition at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwartzman building that runs until June 26, 2010 (exhibition details here).

Drawing on The New York Public Library’s collection of Dutch, English, French, and American mapping of the Atlantic coastal regions, this exhibition exemplifies the best early and growing understanding of the “unknown” shores along our neighboring rivers, bays, sounds, and harbors. From maps reflecting Verrazzano’s brief visit, to decorative Dutch charting of the Atlantic and Nieuw Nederland (New Netherland) region, the works illustrate the expanding awareness of trading opportunities.

Thanks to Richard for the tip.