In the winter of 1767, Bernard Ratzer, a lieutenant in the British Army, completed a remarkable survey of New York City. Ratzer’s map—an excellent edition of which is housed at the New-York Historical Society—is not only a detailed depiction of the city on the eve of the American Revolution, but has also been called “perhaps the finest map of an American city and its environs produced in the eighteenth century.”
Join historian and journalist James Nevius for a guided, virtual walking tour where we delve into the city that Ratzer knew and compare his plans to the New York of today. Do the ghosts of forgotten roads still haunt Lower Manhattan? Whatever happened to Delancey’s Square or Monument Lane? Can we use this map to discover traces of the original Dutch settlements in the East Village and Brooklyn?
The virtual tour will take place on Zoom and last about an hour, plus Q&A. Tickets are $20 per registered device and proceeds benefit the New-York Historical Society.
James Nevius is the co-author of Inside the Apple: A Streetwise History of New York City (Simon & Schuster) and Footprints in New York: Tracing the Lives of Four Centuries of New Yorkers (Lyons Press) as well as numerous articles on the history and architecture of the city for publications such as Monocle, The Chicago Tribune, Curbed, The New York Post, and more.
PLEASE NOTE: Your ticket to the lecture also includes access to a recording of the talk on Vimeo beginning July 13, so even if you miss the talk when it is live, you will be able to access it at your convenience.
This charge will appear on your statement as "Michelle Nevius."