I've always been fascinated with landscapes changing through time as seen though the lens of the map. Shorelines, especially where there are lots of waves and tides, are particularly interesting things in that they are so clearly dynamic. These fire insurance maps of Coney Island, created between 1880 and 1907 document those changes beautifully. In addition to those covering Coney Island, the NYPL has digitized close to 2000 maps at this level of detail for all five boroughs of New York City.
G.W. Bromley, Atlas of the entire City of Brooklyn, 1880, Plate 35
E. Robinson, Robinson's atlas of Kings County, New York, 1890, Plate 20
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