Grappling with the Grid: The Great North
07/05/2012 - 6:30 PM
The commissioners who designed the 1811 Master Plan halted their gridded street plan at 155th Street because they incorrectly presumed that development would not reach the north end of the island for “centuries to come.” In the 1860s it fell to Andrew H. Green, and early opponent of the 1811 plan who was spearheading the creation of Central Park, to fill in the streets, parks, and public improvements in Northern Manhattan. Join Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione for an illustrated talk about Green’s vision and accomplishments, and how his planning work planted the seed for the consolidation of 1898, which create the five-borough New York City that exists today.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011. Reservations required.
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