Week1: The Mesuem of the city of New York

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Group Tour, June 2012, New York City, New York

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The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 celebrates the 200th anniversary of the
Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, the foundational document that established Manhattan’s famous street
grid. Featuring an original hand-drawn map of New York’s planned streets and avenues prepared by the
Commission in 1811, as well as other rare historic maps, photographs and prints of the evolution of the
city’s streets, and original manuscripts and publications that document the city’s physical growth, the
exhibition examines the grid’s initial design, implementation, and evolution. The Greatest Grid traces
the enduring influence of the 1811 plan as the grid has become a defining feature of the city, shaping
its institutions and public life.

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