In the winter of 1767, Bernard Ratzer, a lieutenant in the British Army, completed a remarkable survey of New York City. Ratzer’s map—an excellent edition of which is housed at New-York Historical—is a detailed depiction of the city on the eve of the American Revolution and has been called “perhaps the finest map of an American city and its environs produced in the 18th century.”
Join historian and journalist James Nevius for a guided, virtual walking tour as we delve into the city that Ratzer knew and compare his plans to the New York of today. Do the ghosts of forgotten roads still haunt Lower Manhattan? Whatever happened to Delancey’s Square or Monument Lane? Can we use this map to discover traces of the original Dutch settlements in today’s East Village and Brooklyn?
James Nevius is the co-author of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City (Simon & Schuster) and Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press) as well as numerous articles on the history and architecture of the city for publications such as Monocle, the Chicago Tribune,
Curbed, the New York Post, and more.
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Image: Bernard Ratzer (fl. 1756–1777). Plan of the City of New York in North America, Surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767
New York, 1770