Saturday, February 5, 2011

Broad St Canal / Heere Gracht

I chose this stream because it is located in the Financal District, the oldest part of the city, and an area that is not a part of the Commisioner's Plan of 1811. It interested me that the stream is now technically inland, because the lower part of the island has been expanded.
I also chose the stream because when it was in use, it basically became a sewer, and stank profusely. This led it to be covered up, and informs it's basic use today; a sewer.

These three maps were taken from the Watercourses blog article on the Heere Gracht, the Mannahatta GIS, and a current google map. I also found this picture from the NY Map Library that shows the canal in use back in the day.

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