Google Street View pays tribute to 9/11, Hurricane Sandy

Google has added a handful of new Street View imagery to Google Maps today. The update focuses on New York City, including Central Park, the new 9/11 Memorial, and neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy. A lot has changed since Google last added a big update to New York, but these additions should bring most of the imagery back up to date.

Google added up-close imagery of the 9/11 Memorial, which consists of two pools in the shape of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. You can now explore this area in high-resolution, to the point that you can clearly read the names of the victims on the side walls of the two pools, which is really impressive on Google's part.

Google also partnered up with Historypin to provide photos that show the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the northeastern part of the US late last year. Google and Historypin have created a collaborative photo album showing off various neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Sandy, and details the efforts that are being done to bring the neighbors back to normal.

Google also added a slew of new imagery of Central Park in New York City, and the company partnered up with the Central Park Conservancy to make it happen. The new imagery will allow you to explore the park from the comfort of your own couch, or you can use it as a map of sorts while you may your way around the park for real.

All of the new imagery should be up and available for your viewing pleasure in Google Maps as we speak, and it's available for both the desktop and mobile. Obviously, this won't be the last that we hear from Google about updates to Street View imagery, as the company will continue to update and add new places to Google Maps.

SOURCE: Google Maps Blog