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1890 Kobbe City Map or Plan of New York City

Map of the City of New York with Index. - Main View

1890 Kobbe City Map or Plan of New York City


Labels the Fever Hospital, Small Pox Hospital, and Lunatic Asylum on Roosevelt Island.


Map of the City of New York with Index.
  1890 (dated in watermark)     22.5 x 7 in (57.15 x 17.78 cm)     1 : 45300


This is an 1890 Gustav Kobbé city map or plan of New York City. The map depicts the region from Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey to Brooklyn and from the New York city limit and Van Cortlandt Park to The Battery and New York Bay. Highly detailed, myriad streets are labeled throughout New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Jersey City, and Hoboken. Locations throughout New York are labeled, including City Hall, Washington Park, Union Square, Bryant Park, Grand Central Station, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History. Other, less conventional locations, including the Bloomingdale Insane Asylum near Morningside Park, and the Lunatic Asylum, the Almshouse for Males, the Almshouse for Females, and the Small Pox Hospital on Blackwell's Island, now known as Roosevelt Island. Several railroads are illustrated, such as the New York and Hudson River Railroad, the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, and the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. Numerous ferry lines are labeled along both the East and Hudson Rivers. An index of 147 locations is situated along the right border, which includes the grid location of each building in the index.

This map was published in Gustav Kobbé's Kobbé's New York and its Environs.


Gustav Kobbé (March 4, 1857 - July 27, 1918) was an American music author and music critic. Born in New York City, his father, William August Kobbé was the consul general for the Duchy of Nassau until it was absorbed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1866. His mother, Sarah Lord Sister Kobbé, was from New London, Connecticut, and part of a prominent New England family. At the age of ten, Kobbé was sent to Wiesbaden to study composition and piano with Adolf Hagen. He returned to New York to study under Joseph Mosenthal after five years of study in Germany. He graduated from Columbia College in 1877 and from Columbia Law School two years later. He also received an M.A. from Columbia in 1880. He married Carolyn Wheeler in 1882, with whom he had one daughter. Kobbé was a prolific writer, and started his career as co-editor of the Musical Review In 1881 he was on the staff of the New York Sun and was sent as a correspondent to Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany by the New York World in 1882 for the first performance of Parsifal. His articles appeared in The Century Magazine, Scribner's Magazine, The Forum, North American Review, and Ladies' Home Journal among others.He served as the music critic for the New York Herald for eighteen years. He was on the verge of completing his book The Complete Opera Book when he tragically died in July 1918, when a seaplane struck his boat in the Great South Bay off Bay Shore, New York. The Complete Opera Book was published posthumously in 1919, and is his best-known work. Learn More...


Kobbé, G., New York and its Environs, (New York: Harper and Brothers) 1891.    


Very good. Blank on verso.