The New York Public Library is currently hosting a cartographical exhibition called “Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009.” In its continuing efforts to celebrate Henry Hudson and those hearty Dutch explorers of old, a vast assortment of atlases, books, journals, manuscripts, prints, as well as a Google Earth-animated superimposition of three-dimensional maps, will be on display.

Old breweries, massive oyster beds (NYC was once an oyster mecca), major streets like Broadway and Canal in their developmental stages will also be featured. In short, the evolutionary blueprints for this city will be on view for exploration and study.

Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609–2009 is on display through June 26, 2010. A set of images from the exhibition, courtesy of the NYPL, can be found here (via Vanity Fair).