Historic, but not famous

William Hooker, surveyor and engraver

William Hooker was a surveyor and engraver. He mapped early 1800s NY. He published maps of New York City in 1824. In 1827 he published the Pocket Plan of 1827, map of Brooklyn. His map was the first to have the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church on High Street, established in 1818, the oldest African American church in Brooklyn. His map highlighted points of interest in Brooklyn, including not only the Places of Worship like AME, but libraries, schools, markets, banks, insurance companies, lodges, gardens, and hotels.

Mr. Hooker’s published maps of Manhattan (then just known as New York City)  still survive, but the Brooklyn edition is rare. His maps were known for their extreme detail.

You can find the maps digitized at the NY Public Library and at the Brooklyn Historical Society which sometimes has reproductions of the Brooklyn map for sale.

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