Interactive Map Shows New York City’s Expansion Through the Ages

February 24, 2015 | Prachi Gupta

Twenty years is enough time for a New York neighborhood to change beyond the point of recognition, so it’s hard to fathom just how much change the city has experienced since it was founded in 1624, but a new tool by Vestiges of New York attempts to do just that. Orian Breaux is the creator of “NYC Time Machine,” an interactive map that overlays present-day maps from Google maps over maps dating back to 1660, made available by the New York Public Library. In an email to Bowery Boogie, Breaux explained: “My perspective is that the intersection of history+tech can engage new audiences and help people discover the world around us in novel ways.”

Here are a few of the maps:

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.04.37 PMNew York 1660

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.04.55 PMNew York 1834

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 2.05.35 PMNew York 1924

(Image: Vestiges of New York)