Nineteenth-century New York City was a visual experience, a spectacle for residents and visitors alike. This digital publication uses the 1851 Matthew Dripps Map of the City of New York as a spatial interface that users can explore to learn more about the objects and landmarks that made this bustling urban center so captivating. In addition to the geolocated essays and archival images presented on the map interface, this project includes two related stand-alone interactive features. “At the Intersection of Broadway and Ann” focuses on the landmarks of this important commercial and entertainment hub and the many changes the intersection underwent during the nineteenth century. “Behind the Scenes” takes an in-depth look at the processes and workers behind the storefronts and showrooms of Broadway, including those involved in the production of stereoscopes, parlor furniture, daguerreotype portraits, lithography, and printed matter.

This project features interactive elements included in the Visualizing 19th-Century New York exhibition held at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015.