Manhattan has changed substantially over the past 400 years.
With the millions of people who live there and the many more who commute to the island on a daily basis, Manhattan has become a metropolis of concrete, culture, and big-city life.
But take a look at a 1600s map of “New Amsterdam”, the island’s original name, and you’ll see a much different story.
Angie’s List has created an animated map that shows just how much Manhattan has changed over the last 400 years.
– New York City Maps