This map is a useful guide to the reader to help understand where much of the action in Over Here takes place. These include: Police Headquarters (now high priced condos), Grand Central Station, Morgan Bank (the scene of the book’s climax), Times Square (which looks much different today), and the Upper East and West Sides. Although the footprint, streets, and many of the buildings in Manhattan are as they were in 1916, there have been changes, particularly along the rivers where landfill and modern engineering have added land. The dock area usage has changed greatly over time. Please note the location of Madison Square Garden (MSG) on 4th (now officially Avenue of the Americas) although New Yorkers still call it 4th Avenue. The current MSG now sites above the current Penn Station as the building that existed in 1916 was torn down.
This map accurately depicts New York harbor as it was in 1916. The United Stated presented a more detailed map to the Mixed Claims Commission, set up after World War One to settle claim from the war, to support its claim against Germany. America alleged that German agents blew up Black Tom Island and the Commission agreed and awarded America $50 million in damages. Germany finally settled after World War Two. Please note the many differences to the current harbor. Black Tom Island’s piers and loading areas no longer jut into the harbor. It is now part of Liberty Park, New Jersey. Many of the railroad lines are no longer in use or have been torn down. Through the use of landfill and modern engineering, Lower Manhattan now extends further into the water. For example, the site of the World Trade Center would have been in the river in 1916. The location of the final chase scene, Caarsens final demise, is a bit south and slightly east of Battery Park in the direction of Governor’s Island.