‘NYC Time Machine’ Tool Lets You View Maps from 1660 to Present Day

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 at 5:16 am by
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Here’s one for all the cartography nerds out there.

Say you live on East Broadway, but wanted to quickly see the city grid back when the boulevard was known as Harman Street (1800s, named for farmer Harmanus Rutgers). Well, there’s a new website for that. Boogie reader Orian Breaux sent along a link to a new project he created aptly entitled the “NYC Time Machine.” The interactive DeLorean tool uses public data from the New York Public Library that allows users to “navigate perfectly-overlaid maps of NYC from 1660 to present day.”

Historical maps are each oriented exactly to a Google map of present day, and include an overlay feature to toggle present day. Now if only the site could include a “street view” by incorporating stills from the eras. That would be compelling…

“My perspective is that the intersection of history+tech can engage new audiences and help people discover the world around us in novel ways,” Breaux notes in an email.

The time machine is a sideline to the Vestiges of New York site that overlays elements of historical images onto current photos.

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