Glorious Copyright Free Vintage New York Maps
I’ve only been to New York once. It was for a wedding on top of the Empire State building of all places.
The wedding was actually on 2 days after the infamous Northeastern Seaboard blackout. It was actually amazing that all the guests made it to the wedding. Everyone had their own tale of how they made it to New York even though practically everything shut down during the blackout and took about a week to get back to normal. The bride and groom ended up driving from Toronto to New York as they were no flights.
Blackout or no blackout New York is a fabulous city. Even if you haven’t been there, you probably know it really well from TV and films. When I visited I had to remind myself that I was really in the city and not just on a movie set. It was so familiar. I plan to take the kids one day.
For all you New York lovers, I have curated a wonderful collection of vintage New York maps that are free to download. These would look fabulous printed out and framed or would be great for crafting and DIY.
The PDF downloaded maps will be of a higher resolution then the images below.
To download the maps just click on the Map Title link link and a PDF of the map will automatically download to your device.
Vintage New York Maps
This is a tourist map of lower Manhattan from the St Denis Hotel, showing it’s location in the center of Manhattan.
Another great vintage tourist map of Manhattan this one from 1899 shows the streetcar lines.
This is a very big map showing the railroad of New York City including a close up of Grand Central Station. The original map download is huge about 6ft by 9ft so it could be printed off as a massive wall poster. It’s a fabulous looking map too.
You can off course resize the map into something more manageable but I thought I’d leave it in its original size as its unusual to be able to download and print such a large map.
Like the railroad map above this is another massive map of New York City.
Not strictly a map, or just a very detailed section. Showing the buliding layouts, 14th Street to 20th Street. I decided to include it as I thought it was a very interesting detailed close up of a section of Manhattan Island.
This is a fabulous outline vintage map of Manhattan Island.
This map is a bit beaten up but I think that just ads to the charm. Plus the fact it covers the area of greater New York.
A fabulous old map showing a close up of Upper Manhattan. That’s North of 155th Street and includes the district of Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights.
An extremely rare example of G. Woolworth Colton’s 1865 vertical map of New York. Most maps upto this date of New York teneded to be horizontal maps of Manhattan Island only.
Fabulous detailed map of the city.
A wonderful index vintage New York Map from an atlas of the Borough of Queens
Any of these maps would look fabulous as a wall decoration. Some of the larger maps you may want to send to a printers to get printed in a large format. A few of the maps are large enough for you to be able to print custom wallpaper. If you look on the web there are lots of sites which offer this service.
I make map table maps out of the cities I have visited. This collection of vintage New York maps would make a lovely set of place mats, like these city map table mats.
Don’t forget to check out these free old map of Texas and other US states.