The Promenade at the Battery 1829


Later printing of a tremendous 19th century lithograph view of New York’s Battery Park.

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This gorgeous view of New York Harbor from the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan was issued in the 1919 edition of Valentine’s Manual to the City. At the time it was issued, the Battery was a deteriorating site, plagued with noisy elevated tracks, smoke, and few amenities. It’s possible this view from nearly 100 years earlier was meant to encourage civic pride and restoration of the historic site, especially when juxtaposed with the quote at the bottom of the image.

Above, the elite of early 19th century New York can be seen strolling along the promenade. Castle Clinton, seen on the right, had been leased to New York as a place of public entertainment since 1824, and served as a beer garden, opera house, and theater. Pleasure craft, a sidewheel steamer, and sailing vessels flying flags from around the world fill the harbor.

Castle Williams, visible on Governor’s Island in the background, was completed in 1810. Ellis Island can also be seen, though without the Statue of Liberty, which wouldn’t be completed for another 50 or so years. Originally drawn on stone and lithographed by Thomas Thompson in 1829, this version is copyright by H.C. Brown and was published in New York in 1919.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1919

Author: Thomas Thompson

Sheet Width (in): 31.5

Sheet Height (in): 13

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Moderate creasing along several vertical fold lines, otherwise in very good condition.


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