Here grows New York

5th Avenue with yellow cabs in NYC.

Fewer than 300 people lived in New Amsterdam when the first dutch families came in 1624. 

See how this great city grows from back to the days of the first Dutch settlement to the New York City of today.

This great animation from Myles Zhang illustrates the development of New York City’s street grid and infrastructure systems from 1609 to the present-day.

The New York City Evolution Animation

The creator uses geo-referenced road network data and historic maps. The resulting short film presents a series of “cartographic snapshots” of NYC’s built-up urban area at intervals of every 20-30 years history.

More about the project:

“The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races, and breeds, into a small island and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines.”

Elwyn Brooks White, 1946

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