1879 New York

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The Taylor portrait of New York, engraved in 1879, is without a doubt the most detailed map ever made of Manhattan and its surroundings. Will L. Taylor, its draughtsman, depicts the city at its turning point from a 19th-century, expanding city, to its status as the preeminent city of the 20th century. Although boats and piers surround the edges of Manhattan in this image, the Brooklyn Bridge - not yet completed but drawn as if it were - and an elaborate system of elevated subway tracks were about to make the island into the modern thoroughfare it is today. Taylor’s Manhattan gazes toward the turn of the century.