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1864 McCloskey Map of Brooklyn, New York City, in 1766

Plan of the Village of Brooklyn and part of Long Island 1766.

1864 McCloskey Map of Brooklyn, New York City, in 1766




Plan of the Village of Brooklyn and part of Long Island 1766.
  1864 (dated)    11 x 17 in (27.94 x 43.18 cm)


An unusual and appealing 1864 map of Brooklyn, New York, as it appeared in 1766, towards the end of the colonial period. Covers parts of modern day Brooklyn from Red Hook to Bedford and from Williamsburg to Flatbush. The region is shown divided up into land parcels which may represent early long holdings or grants. Various buildings are noted, some numerically, but the map offers no key to more specifically identifying them. Cartographically this map is a reduction of the lower portion of the famous 1766 Ratzer (or Ratzen) plan of New York City. Drawn by A. Brown of 47 Nassau Street, New York, for inclusion in William G. Bishops 1864 Manual of the City and Corporation of Brooklyn.


Henry McCloskey (fl. c. 1863 - 1867) was a journalist working in Brooklyn in the mid 19th century. He was the first regular reporter employed by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and consequently the first true Brooklyn reporter. When the editor Arnold resigned, McCloskey stepped up to the position became Editor-in-chief. An ardent southern sympathizer and fierce advocate of states' rights, McCloskey had no shame in using the Eagle to express his radical political views. In 1861, following the outbreak of the Civil War, McCloskey published a series of aggressive anti-war editorials. Shortly thereafter, the Eagle, along with several other news papers including the New York News, were accused of disloyalty to the Union and denied access to the U.S. Mail system. The charges were dropped when McCloskey resigned shortly afterwards. McCloskey's true interest was government and in 1863 he was voted city clerk for Brooklyn. He retained this position from 1863 to 1867. Both his predecessor and successor seem to have been William Bishop. One of the duties of the city clerk was to publish an annual report detailing the government, progress, urban planning and development of the city. The resulting Manual bearing the McCloskey name was published during his four years of tenure as City Clerk. The first Brooklyn Manual was published in 1855 following the consolidation of the city. The Manual was published under various names and in various forms until 1888.


McCloskey, H., Manual of the City and Corporation of Brooklyn, 1864, 1864.    


Very good. Minor wear on original fold lines. Blank on verso.


Haskell, D., Manhattan Maps A Co-operative List, 319-346 (the Ratzer Plan).
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