How Manhattan Has Changed through 400 Years

How Manhattan Has Changed through 400 Years

A beautiful green Island: this was Manhattan in 1609. Over 400 years later, the most renowned New York City borough became one of the worldโ€™s major commercial, financial and cultural centers populated by 1,5 million people.

The interactive map below shows how the area has changed over a time span of 400 years. It was created by the Wildlife Conservation Society and launched through the Welikia Project.  "The goal of the project is discover something new about a place we all know so well, whether we live in New York or see it on television, and, through that discovery, to alter our way of life," reads Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City.

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