That plan is now on display at the Museum of the City of New York in an exhibit titled “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011.” The show features historical photographs from a bygone era, such as the 1879 Brennan Farm, but also pays tribute to the city’s template of streets, avenues, and blocks that are so much a part of the NYC’s personality, reported the New York Times.
The planners who outlined the grid for the city’s future took it northward from Houston Street to 155th Street into the heights of Harlem. They didn’t include parks or plazas in this stretch, presuming that people seeking open space and fresh air would head east and west along the numbered streets to the rivers, the Times reported.
The result was an organized series of streets and avenues that are easily navigated by natives and tourists alike.
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