NYC’s Grid Turns 200

Manhattan’s polarizing grid turns 200. The NY Times has a great interactive map that traces the history of the grid and Manhattan.

An excerpt from the NY Time’s piece: Henry James condemned it a century ago as a “primal topographic curse.” Rem Koolhaas, the architect and urbanist, countered that its two-dimensional form created “undreamed-of freedom for three-dimensional anarchy.” More recently, two historians described its map, regardless of its flaws, as “the single most important document in New York City’s development.”


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