On March 20, 2011, The New York Times published an article entitled "2ooth Birthday for the Map That Made New York" along with an interractive graphical display of how Manhattan's grid grew. Of course, to say that the map made the city is a bit of a stretch. Demand for real estate played a role as well. Nonetheless, the grid provided a framework that continues to serve Manhattan amazingly well. And, thankfully, it is punctuated in several places by streets that defy the grid--such as Broadway.