BHS to Display Rare Map Today, Next Week

If you want to take a look at the rare 1770 map of New York City, which includes Brooklyn, discovered by the Brooklyn Historical Society among items that had been held in storage, you’ll need to go to the Society’s Othmer Library, located in their building at Clinton and Pierrepont Streets, this afternoon or next Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: For a brief time…the map will be on view at the historical society library, and then it will be returned to storage until they can arrange for a proper exhibition space, which could be more than a year, [BHS president Deborah] Schwartz said.

So time is of the essence. The map will be available for viewing today from 1 to 5 p.m. and then again next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (Jan. 26-28) from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the library is $6, $5 for students and seniors.

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  • lcd

    No weekend showings? bummer. Would love to see that map.

  • Norman Sapoznik

    Please, after the display at the BHS can the map be posted on-line so we all can see it?

    Thank you.

  • Eddy de Lectron

    Saw the map. It is truly a magnificent work, awe inspiring and very interesting. I hope it is put on permanent display soon.

  • pkieper

    @Norman The map can be viewed online. NYT posted before/after images here:

  • Mickey

    Why does it take more than a year to arrange exhibition space in a building that practically no one visits? The BHS doesn’t work for the Sanitation Department.

  • James K

    Thanks to “pkieper” for the helpful link – impressive on many levels, but I still look forward to trudging over there to see this map in person. It seems like the sort of thing that would make a great poster — I wonder if anybody is working on that…