Part of a series of 22 plaques surrounding Union Square depicting the history of the square from 1600 to 1882 - the year in which the first Labor Day Parade took place at Union Square, and labor movement events that were held in the United States (Union)
The plaques are made of bronze, designed by Gregg LeFevre and set up in 2002
The current plaque shows maps of Manhattan between the following years: The main map
is the island map before Europeans arrive in New York, with places like Sapokanikan ("the place where tobacco grows" now Greenwich Village), Nechtanc (the place where the Williamsburg Bridge is today) and more.
On the right are 3 small maps showing the area marked on the central map over 3 different periods, the area belonged to the Schepmoes family (the area is east of 14th Street and Second Avenue) The top map
shows the area in 1600 before the arrival of Europeans The middle map
taken from Ratzer Map (map drawn by Bernard Ratzer) shows the area from 1766-1767 The bottom map
is the area map according to the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, a Manhattan outline plan in which the Manhattan streetscape was actually designed (a grid map of streets that cross avenues at right angles)