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View Rarely-Seen, Historic Manhattan Maps at Open House New York

This Saturday, Oct. 17, as part of Open House New York, Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s office will display the complete John Randel map of Manhattan — which includes the first map to plot Manhattan’s numbered street grid from Houston Street to 155th Street, as set out in the 1811 “Commissioner’s Plan.”

New York City’s five Borough Presidents are responsible for maintaining the official maps for their boroughs. The Manhattan Borough President’s Topographical Bureau is the sole repository for these 92 individually hand-drawn and hand-colored panels, which will be assembled into a room-size display roughly 16 feet by 60 feet, in a way that allows map geeks to examine every part of the formative plan which guided the development of Manhattan over the following 195 years.

Join us at the 1 Centre Street Mezzanine, Saturday, October 17 from 10am – 4pm. Find out more about this and other great Open House New York events at

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