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Cityscape: The Measure of Manhattan

by George Bodarky, Julie Clark, Morlene Chin
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Manhattan from above

Patrick Gensel, flickr

The story of the man who plotted Manhattan's famous street grid.

You might be familiar with the names Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux -- they're the creators of Central Park.  But, have you ever heard of John Randel Jr.?

This often unrecognized 19th century genius also played an instrumental role in the development of the New York City we know and love today.  Learn all about the guy who plotted Manhattan's famous street grid on this week's Cityscape.  We'll also talk with a modern-day surveyor in New York City.

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