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Fire Insurance, Topographic, Zoning and Property Maps of New York City

In the past six years, we have digitized nearly 9,000 pages from 162 atlases documenting New York City's geography to an extraordinary level of detail.
 
The lion's share of these maps are fire insurance maps, some of the most detailed city maps published, showing building structures, lot dimensions, shoreline locations and sometimes, property ownership. At the NYPL we have an extensive collection of these maps, originally published as atlases, primarily covering the New York City area.
 
Also included in this collection of digital images are zoning maps and detailed topographic surveys conducted by some of the borough topographic bureaus. We are in the process of creating Google Earth based indexes for these collections. Please see the attached file at the bottom of this post.
 
The following is a chronological list of atlases arranged by borough from the NYPL Digital Gallery.
 

Bronx

Department of Public Parks of the City of New York, Topographical Map made from surveys, 1873
Robinson, E. & Pidgeon, R.H., Atlas of the city of New York, 1887
New York Topographic Bureau, Bronx (West), N.Y. 1:1,800, 1892-1895
Robinson, E., Certified copies of important maps, v. 1, 1888-1897
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the borough of the Bronx, 1901
Bromley, G.W., Atlas and owners names, borough of Bronx, 1904
Bronx Topographic Bureau, Bronx (East), N.Y. 1:1,800, 1905
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 45. Vol. 9, 1908
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 49. Vol. 10, pt. 1, 1909
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of Borough of the Bronx, 1921

 

Brooklyn

Perris, W., Maps of the city of Brooklyn, 1855
Perris, W., Plan of the city of Brooklyn (8 sheets), 1855
Perris, W., Plan of the city of Brooklyn (15 sheets), 1855
Perris, W., Insurance maps of the warehouses in Brooklyn, 1861
Higginson, J.H., Higginson's insurance maps of the city of Brooklyn, 1868
Dripps, M., Map of the city of Brooklyn, 1869
Fulton, H., Farm line map of the city of Brooklyn, 1874
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the entire city of Brooklyn, 1880
Hopkins, G.M., Detailed Estate and Old Farm Line Atlas of The City of Brooklyn, 1880
Robinson, E., Robinson's Atlas of the city of Brooklyn, New York, 1886
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 63. Vol. 1, 1886
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 66. Vol. 2, 1887
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 69. Vol. 3, 1887
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 74. Vol. 4, 1887
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 86. Vol. 8, 1887
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 77. Vol. 5, 1888
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 80. Vol. 6, 1888
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 83. Vol. 7, 1888
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 89. Vol. 9, 1888
Robinson, E., Robinson's Atlas of Kings County, New York, 1890
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 61. Vol. A, 1893
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 62. Vol. B, 1895
Ullitz, H, Atlas of the Brooklyn borough of the City of New York, 1898-99
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Wards 1-10, 12 & 22, 1903
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Wards 7, 11, 20, 21, 23-25, 1904
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Wards 13-19, 27 & 28, 1904
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 64. Vol. 1, 1904
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 67. Vol. 2, 1904
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 70. Vol. 3, 1904
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 84. Vol. 7, 1904
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 87. Vol. 8, 1904
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Wards 26 and part of 29 & 32, 1905
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Ward 30, 1905
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 62. Suppl., 1905
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 75. Vol. 4, 1905
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 92. Vol. 10, 1905
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 95. Vol. 11, 1905
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Ward 29 and part of 32, 1906
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 97. Vol. 12, 1906
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, Ward 31, 1907
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 101. Vol. 15, 1907
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 90. Vol. 9, 1907
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, 1907-8
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 78. Vol. 5, 1908
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, v. 1, 1916
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, v. 1, part 2, 1916
Hyde, E.B. , Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, v. 2, 1916
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 71. Vol. 3, 1918
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Brooklyn, v. 3, 1920

 

Manhattan

Sackersdorff, O., Maps of farms commonly called the Blue book, 1815 (1868)
Perris, W., Maps of the city of New York, 1852-4
Serrell, J., Maps & profiles of ground for new reservoir... 86th and 96th st and between 5th and 7th ave, 1855
Unk. Pub., Maps of the wharves and piers on the Hudson and East R... Battery to 13th St., New York, 1855
Perris, W., Maps of the City of New York. v.1, 1855
Perris, W., Maps of the City of New York. v.1, 1857
Unk. Pub., Maps of the Wharves & Piers. Battery to 61st St. on the Hudson & Battery to 41st St. on East R., 1860
Perris, W., Maps of the city of New York, 1857-62
Dripps, M., Plan of New York City, 1867
Perris & Browne., Insurance Maps of The City of New York, v.2, 1868
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 117. Vol. 6, 1892
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 107. Vol. 1, 1894
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, 1897
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 122. Vol. 8, 1896
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, 1898-99
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 113. Vol. 4, 1899
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 120. Vol. 7, 1902
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 108. Vol. 1, 1903
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 118. Vol. 6, 1907
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 114. Vol. 4, 1910
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, 1911
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 121. Vol. 7, pt. 1, 1912
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 121. Vol. 7, pt. 2, 1912
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, v. 4, 1916
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the borough of Manhattan, Desk Ed. , 1916
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, 1920-22
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, v. 2, 1920
N.Y.C. Parks Department, Topographical survey of portion of Central Park, 1939-48

 

Multiple Boroughs

Beers, F.W., Atlas of New York and vicinity, 1868
Beers, F.W., Atlas of Long Island, New York, 1873
Viele, E. L., Topographical Atlas of the city of New York, 1874
Robinson, E., Atlas of the city of New York, v. 5, 1883
Robinson, E., Atlas of the city of New York, 1885
NYC Board of Estimate and Apportionment, Area District Map [Zoning], 1916
NYC Board of Estimate and Apportionment, Height District Map [Zoning], 1916
NYC Board of Estimate and Apportionment, Use District Map [Zoning], 1916
N.Y. Engineering Bureau, Sectional aerial maps of the City of New York, 1924

 

Queens

Wolverton, C., Atlas of Queens County, Long Island, 1891
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Jamaica and Rockaway, 1901
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 139. Vol. 4, 1901
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 137. Vol. 3, 1902
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Long Island City and Newtown, 1903
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 141. Vol. 5, 1903
Bromley, G.W., Atlas of the city of New York, Borough of Queens, 1909
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 142a, Vol. 6, 1911
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Easterly Part of Jamaica, 1918
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 145a. Vol. 8, 1912
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Long Island City and Newtown, 1908 (1912)
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Long Island City, 1908 (1913)
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Flushing, 1908 (1913)
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Westerly Part of Jamaica, 1913
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 137a. Vol. 3, 1914
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 148, Vol. 10, 1914
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Newtown, 1915
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 134. Vol. 2, 1915
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Jamaica and Rockaway, 1907 (1912)
Hyde, E.B., Atlas of the Borough of Queens, Long Island City, 1913 (1919)

 

Staten Island

Beers, F.W., Atlas of Staten Island, Ricmond County, New York, 1874
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 159, 1885
Sanborn Map Company, Atlas 160, 1898

 

 PLEASE NOTE: New .kmz index for seeing the above atlases in Google Earth
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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