Famous photograph of sunlight coming into the Grand Central concourse.
Custom sizes can be requested. All prints are reproductions of the original.
Sherry Netherland and Plaza buildings as seen from Central Park, 1933.
Times Square, looking south at the Times Tower (One Times Square), which opened four years earlier.
Penn Station concourse and platforms before opening, 1910.
Historic fire insurance maps dating from the 1880s - 1915 are available for all Five Boroughs. Please fill out the form with the address of the area and we will send you the corresponding historic map. Message us with questions or if you need help.
These maps were used by insurance companies to assess properties and have become extremely useful to urban historians, as they identify not just the pattern of streets and blocks but the precise lot or building dimensions, outline, and lot coverage; height in stories; street and sidewalk widths; addresses; lot owner; stream; farm lines; and the City's block and lot numbers. The color of the lot determines the type of exterior, most often pink for brick.
The original maps were part of a “Land Book” that was broken up into several volumes. Each page, or plate depicts a section of the map, usually four or five square blocks. An index page in the front of the book helps the user find a specific plate, or view the legend.
Printed on museum quality archival paper, 13x19”
1972 modernist subway map by designer, Massimo Vignelli who also designed the New York City Transit Authority’s Graphic Standards Manual in 1970. This simplified map is not geographicalyl accurate, simplifying the subway system into a diagram of colored lines. Each station is represented by a dot and linked to other color-coded lines running vertical, horizontal, or at 45 degree angles. Water is beige, parks are brown, the boroughs are greatly distorted with no mention of specific landmarks or neighborhoods. Central Park, for example is wider than it is tall.
Since the map was replaced for a more geographically accurate map in 1979, the map has become a favorite for graphic design enthusiasts.
Bird's Eye View of Central Park from 1873.
1876 Map of Long Island City surrounded by local advertisements.
Historic photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan Skyline, 1903. Cable Cars and horse-drawn carriages are seen traveling on the bridge, with the Park Row Building, the tallest in the world, rising in the background.
1954 subway map.
Larger prints available on request.
IRT subway map from 1924 showing all subway and elevated lines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.
"Map of the Wondrous Isle of Manhattan" originally published by Washington Square Book Shop, 1926.
Birds-eye map of Brooklyn, 1908. Also showing Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.