This project attempts to relate the outlines of the early era of municipal electrification and illumination in New York City. While his was not the only company providing electricity to customers, Thomas Edison created the first area of the city - and the world - that had a dedicated grid through which electricity was supplied from a central Station. This project illustrates how Edison's company brought electricity and illumination to New York City, both via this grid (known as the First District) and by way of independent generating stations meant to power single buildings or small groups of buildings (such as residences, hotels, commercial enterprises, and manufacturing concerns). For now, the data included in this map and other records covers the first 18 years of the Edison Illuminating Company of New York's activities; this data is, of course, not complete, but relies on a study of fairly comprehensive records drawn from the Edison Archives, the Columbia University Archives, and city maps made available through the New York Public Library. This is meant to be an ever-expanding project that may eventually encompass the Edison Company's national and global ambitions.