8. Fun Interactive Historical Maps


In the World City gallery, there are touch screens, also designed by Local Projects, attached to many of the display cases that provide additional information into the topic. This map, created by the Merchants’ Association of New York in 1922 utilizing 1919 Census data shows the diversity of manufacturing industries in New York City in this time period. What’s important to note, says curator Sarah Henry, is New York City’s market share of some of these industries versus the rest of the country. Women’s clothing brought in over $866 million a year, producing over 71% of the country’s production in that category, for example, highlighting how important many of these manufacturing industries were to the city’s growth.