Real Estate NYC streets’ history highlighted by new historical mapping tool The website shows private roads, step streets and commemorative stretches. The new NYC Street Map illustrates how the city has evolved over the years. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer By Lisa L. Colangelo firstname.lastname@example.org @lisalcolangelo Updated August 20, 2018 7:41 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email More than 8,000 historic maps of the five boroughs will be available through a new digital tool called NYC Street Map, which launched Monday. The maps provide a look at how the cityscape has changed over the years, detailing mapped streets, step streets and corners that have been named for fallen heroes and other famous New Yorkers. “This easy-to-use NYC Street Map means that community advocates, students, historians — indeed everyone — can delve into New York City history — block by block, and street by street,” Department of City Planning director Marisa Lago said in a statement. “It offers the public another tool to participate in building New York City’s future.” The documents also help outline interesting pieces of the city’s development timeline such as when Fifth Avenue ran through what is now Washington Square Park and Battery Park City’s rise. Homeowners and business owners can use the maps to help determine whether their property is located in a federally designated flood zone. By Lisa L. Colangelo email@example.com @lisalcolangelo Lisa joined amNewYork as a staff writer in 2017. She previously worked at the New York Daily News and the Asbury Park Press covering politics, government and general assignment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.