For years, The New York Public Library has collected maps documenting the ever-changing metropolis. Making lost places findable via contemporary digital maps allows the study of the city in profound new ways. The library has developed an app, Building Inspector, which allows citizens to help with details on the maps. The goal is to produce a comprehensive directory of old New York, to peel back the layers of the city and replay its growth.
To participate, click on “get started” on the website. Then you can choose to identify or fix footprints, enter addresses or find place names on the maps presented. You will be identifying buildings and other details on beautiful old maps.