Now feel free to add City Limits to your County Maps — and actually see what’s going on!

This enhancement pertains to the County Lines on Google Maps and Elevation on Google Maps tools. As you may already know, you can choose to show US City Limits on your county lines map by checking the “Also show US city limits” checkbox in the lower left corner of the map. If you’ve done that before, and happened to be looking in a busy metro area, you get a somewhat jumbled mess of red lines, making it hard to distinguish counties and cities.  Here’s what it used to look like: Now, when you check the “Also show US city limits” checkbox, … Read more

Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge – the pretty rare times that the setting sun lines up with the Manhattan street grid.  A sight to behold.  #manhattanhenge #manhattansolstice #manhattan #nyc #nycgrid #newyork #newyorkcity #neildegrassetyson #uws #upperwestside #sunset #sunshine #sun #sky #oohahh #w72ndst

Viewport to 1836 New York

Explore present-day New York City with a viewport using an 1836 map. Try Swapping Views using the button in the upper right.  Link: http://goo.gl/DRXIdP Courtesy ESRI and the David Rumsey Map Collection.

1660 New Amsterdam atop 2013 New York

The excellent historical blog Ephemeral New York has a post today about the 1660 Costello Plan, referred to by the New York Public Library as the “earliest known plan of New Amsterdam and the only one dating from the Dutch period.” To put the original Costello Plan into a present-day context, I’ve overlaid it on Google Earth and made these screenshots of lower Manhattan (click the images to see larger versions): North is up in this map.  Look how much of present day New York would have been underwater back in 1660!  Manhattan’s west coast would have been present-day Greenwich Street, … Read more

New York City: the safest major city in America. Mystery Of New York’s Falling Crime Rate Remains Unsolved

…”In 1990, there were 2,245 murders in the city. Last year the number was 414, the lowest since police began keeping reliable records.” “In one remarkable day, Nov. 26, 2012, there was not a single murder, stabbing or shooting reported in the nation’s largest city, possibly the only time that happened since New York was a small Dutch colony.”… Mystery Of New York’s Falling Crime Rate Remains Unsolved | LiveScience: ‘via Blog this’

Visited Merchant’s House Museum in NYC today

Its the best-preserved 19th-century house in Manhattan. They’re also currently exhibiting Civil War wound photos from the Burns Collection (not quite as gruesome as it sounds, yet quite moving).  I recommend the museum; Google the museum for more info. 

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