#MapMondays - 1940s Expressway Drawings

These landscape architectural drawings were created in the 1940s for proposed expressways through New York City, some of which were never built. Thought to “modernize” the city for the age of the automobile, these drawings were used to humanize the plans from engineers and planners who drew lines through neighborhoods connecting bridges and tunnels by adding trees, people and cars. The drawings from this period, most of which were by Robert Moses’ engineering and landscape architects, Clark & Rapuano, have a very distinct feel, envisioning the future of a city that would be drastically reshaped over the next half-century