“Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? . . . this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won’t all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
When grading and leveling of the newly surveyed streets began, a larger Manhattan started to form; over 2000 acres more in less than 200 years. What also started to form were canyons and gullies. This leveling of streets often left houses precariously perched on a newly formed outcropping overlooking a gully that had not existed before as in this 1861 print.