Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Stuyvesant's Farm

The out of print book "As You Pass By" by Kenneth Dunshee has a lot of wonderful graphic views of early NYC history, mostly seen through the "lens" of the city's volunteeer fire department. With the recent discussion of the ship-building area of the LES I thought the above map (from the book) would be useful. I highlighted some of the areas too show that the land in question was mostly part of Peter Stuyvesant's farm and that it was land that was very marshy. Actually the dock areas were created by landfill obtained by leveling off the interior hills of lower Manhattan.

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