Brooklyn Bridge Birds Eye View Map - 1885

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Brooklyn Bridge Birds Eye View Map - 1885

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In 1885, two years after the opening of The Brooklyn Bridge, the printmaking firm of Currier & Ives produced a lithograph called The Grand Birds Eye View of the Great East River Suspension Bridge Connecting the cities of New York & Brooklyn. This beautiful panoramic print of what is now known as The Brooklyn Bridge shows a splendid panorama of the Bay and the port of New York.

The Image also shows the "Brooklyn Tower, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn, Atlantic Ocean (in the distance), New York Tower, Coney Island, Highlands of Navesink (in the distance), Governors Island, New York Cotton Exchange, Produce Exchange, Staten Island, Mutual Life Ins. Building, The Statue of Liberty, Trinity Church, Equitable Life Assurance Building, and the New York Entrance" to the bridge.


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Bird's eye view, was a popular cartographic rendering used to depict cities and towns during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They show street patterns, individual buildings, and major landscape features in perspective. Preparation and sale of these maps were motivated by civic pride and the desire of the city fathers to encourage commercial growth. Going to great lengths to make these maps, artists would often climb surrounding hills or trees, sometimes even building platforms from which to achieve the "bird's eye" perspective. They also used to take rides in hot air balloons in order to get the proper perspective. To bolster sales of these old panoramic city maps, the artists would often choke town harbors full of ships, include proposed building developments and depict a vivacious, bustling industry.


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