While the history-stuffed Othmer Library has been closed to researchers during the pandemic, lovers of the borough have a new reason to rejoice with the launch of Brooklyn Historical Society’s map digitization project.

More than two years in the making, their new map portal holds more than 1,500 maps stretching from the 18th to the 21st century. Users can search by keyword or narrow maps down by neighborhood, subject and date.

A quick dive into the resources uncovered a hand-drawn and delicately colored 1797 survey of Bushwick, 19th century atlas pages for East New York and a 1922 auction booklet for property in Bay Ridge.

Plans for a penitentiary on Crown Street, circa 1850s. Map attributed to T. G. Bergen via Brooklyn Historical Society While the history-stuffed Othmer Library has been closed to researchers during the pandemic, lovers of the borough have a new reason to rejoice with the launch of Brooklyn Historical Society’s […]

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