@NYPLMaps & OASIS provide context for 18th century ship find

The www.OASISnyc.net mapping team has been working with the great folks at New York Public Library’s Map Division to integrate digitized historic maps aligned to the city’s current street grid.  But as we were working with Map Division staff to incorporate their maps, an amazing find at the World Trade Center construction site prompted us to speed up our work — earlier this month, construction workers unearthed an 18th century ship, largely intact, that likely hadn’t been disturbed for over 200 years.

Now you can display some key maps of lower Manhattan from the from the 18th and 19th centuries, view them in relation to the current street grid, and compare them to each other using OASIS’s dynamic transparency tool.  We added a brief tutorial at the OASIS wiki.

Now you can fade between current property maps …

… the 1775 Montresor map …

… the 1817 Poppleton map …

… and more.

We’ve also added the Viele map from 1874, and more are on their way.  This is all due to the groundbreaking NYPL “Map Rectifier” project.

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  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by alexis s and Mara Gittleman, Steven Romalewski. Steven Romalewski said: Blogged abt adding maps from @NYPLMaps on OASIS, helping to reveal shoreline/pier at site of 18th C ship find in NYC: http://wp.me/pBfcP-69 […]

  2. Amazing Steve! This is really great stuff.

  3. […] started to incorporate historic maps of Manhattan in partnership with the NY Public Library.  I blogged about this earlier, and we have a post on our wiki with more […]

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