Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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.

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