The Smithsonian Institution was established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge.”
And everyone goes to Google Earth to see where they live, right?
This link leads to the best of both, a Smithsonian interactive map that compares today’s New York City topography to that of 1836.
Drag the map under the lens and watch hi-rises turn to grazing land and the Third Avenue bridge revert to it’s predecessor.
Or switch the view and realize our ClockTower was built in an orchard with a stream running through our backyard.
Go see what used to be.
And have a great weekend!