You can now search through 1,500 fascinating historical maps of NYC


You can now search maps from across 450 years of New York City history thanks to the Brooklyn Public Library Center for Brooklyn History, which just launched an online portal you can easily access for free, according to

BPL's Center for Brooklyn History opened its maps collection last Thursday with about 1,500 maps of NYC and surrounding areas that have been digitized.

You can search for maps of Brooklyn neighborhoods, land use and development maps, leisure and natural environment maps, subway maps, and even maps of Queens neighborhoods from Astoria to Flushing — all dating from 1562 to 2015.

Digitizing all these maps took about two and a half years, 6sqft says.

"Our goal was to create a portal that will be used by the full range of people," Maggie Schreiner, the manager of archives and special collections at the former Brooklyn Historical Society, told the site. "It’s a tool for those doing academic research, but also a place for those curious about their streets and neighborhoods. Anyone can visit and take a journey."


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