Visual culture in nineteenth-century New York was often strongly tied to the physical layout of the city.
The flags on this map identify particular places, themes, and objects explored in the five exhibits that comprise Visualizing Nineteenth-Century New York. By clicking the names at the top left of the map you can highlight all exhibits, or single out just one exhibit, to be flagged on the map. Clicking on the flags themselves will bring up a box explaining the significance of that site to its project and allow you to move directly to that page of each exhibit. The exhibits are titled as follows.
Bohemians of Trade and Bedouins of Traffic – Food vendors were a vital part of street life, leaving us with a significant visual record to examine.
New-York by the Book – The burgeoning metropolis was an alluring but intimidating attraction, and guidebooks promised direction and guidance.
The 7th Regiment – New York's most famous military organization left its imprint on the city's built environment and its visual history.
Maps & Views - Prints and maps offered a compelling visual depiction of New York's changing landscape and expanding civic infrastructure.
Central Park – A major part of the urban landscape, the park also became a site of conflicting social visions and cultural values.
For more information about this 1879 map, click here.