Gallery: The Greatest Grid Exhibit Showcases Manhattan’s Transformation...

The creation of the grid was a more arduous undertaking than one might think- a total reconstruction of the land. The Greatest Grid illustrates this undertaking with historic photos that document the blasting of Manhattan rock, leaving some homes that were on even land to being perched on high cliffs.

Pictured: Robert L. Bracklow, Rocks, 81st Street and 9th Avenue, December 1886 (Museum of the City of New York)

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