Google Street View uncovers the mysteries of Central Park

One of the charms of New York City is that, even for long-term residents, it's almost impossible to become familiar with all of the city's winding streets and alleys, offering seemingly endless opportunities for discovery. Similarly, Cental Park, one of the biggest, most famous parks ever packed into such a dense city, features miles of trails that most residents and tourists alike have never even seen. Google has come up with another data-driven solution that immediately opens up the park's woodlands in a way never possible before. 

Deploying the company's Street View team, Google has now visually mapped all those tiny nooks and hidden woodland pathways with 360-degree views, which means the mysteries of Manhattan's enormous park are now open to all, even if you can't afford a trip to the Big Apple. 

In addition to mapping the park, Google has also uploaded new Street View imagery of another New York landmark, the 9/11 Memorial site. Not only does the new imagery allow you to virtually visit the memorial, but the images are so clear that you can even read the names of those who died that day engraved on the bronze parapets that surround the twin Memorial pools. 

You can check out some of the views of the memorial here, and the park here, as well as view some of planning and execution behind the Street View mapping project in Central Park in the video below. 

Via Google

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