Historical Maps

New York City

Exploring the Hilarious Noise Complaints of 1930s New York

The irritating sounds of Manhattan's Jazz Age included yelping newsboys, river dredgers, a marching band of orphans, and a fog siren.

A Delightfully Trippy Map of Every Single Building in The Netherlands

The ages of Dutch structures are shown as glorious, prismatic blasts in this obsessively detailed map.

The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color

This could be the most detailed open-data map of urban gerontology in existence.

When Manhattan Was Mostly Hills and Shrubbery

In the 1830s, there was plenty of green space to go around in New York (and snakes).

Brooklyn Historical Society

This Is What Brooklyn's Transit System Looked Like a Century Ago

Even around 1918, the public-transit system in New York was fairly robust.

Google Maps

How the Internet Reinforces Inequality in the Real World

What happens to a community with no "digital shadow" on the web?

The Motley Roots of Data Visualization in 19th Century Census Charts

A Handsome Atlas celebrates Uncle Sam’s data chops by reproducing three Statistical Atlases from the late 1800s.

David Rumsey Map Collection

Maps of the Day: 33,000 of Them, At Your Disposal

This is the coolest website in the world.