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We’re always on the look out for fun maps of NYC and we came across this site recently, NYC Roads by Steve Anderson. It looks like it was laid out in the 1990s but it does have a nice archive of road maps, vintage photographs and more. The road map database goes from 1928 to the 1990s. Here are some highlights:

1928 New York and Vicinity Rand McNally Map

This 1928 road map of NYC and vicinity shows the state of the roads. Paved in black, improved in dash line and graded or dirt roads in white:

1928 NYC Regional Map-Rand McNally

1941 Gousha Maps

These maps show the development of the parkway system thanks to Robert Moses:

1941 Metro Map-NYC-Jersey-Brooklyn

1941 Metro Map-NYC-Jersey-Brooklyn-Queens

1960 Rand McNally

The interstsate highway system gets added in:

1960 Metro Map-NYC-Jersey-Brooklyn-Queens

1964 Regional Plan Association Map Studies

For existing and proposed expressways:

1964 Regional Plan Association Road Map-New York Region 1964 Regional Plan Association Road Map-NYC

1970 Map

The arterial system between NY/NJ/Connecticut is roughly complete, but missing I-78, I-287 and I-95 in northern New Jersey.

1970 New York City Map-Roads-NYC

1979 Bridge Study to Span Long Island Sound

For decades, officials looked to span Long Island Sound with a bridge. This website documents the history.

1979 Proposal Long Island Sound Bridge Map-NYC

See the evolution of NYC subway maps and check out more maps in our Fun Maps column!

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