That's right, I have two New York recreation's going on simultaneously. This recreation project in SimCity 4; which this blog is about and the other recreation project using Google Earth. For those unaware, "Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips."
The program originally came with very general 3D massing models of major cities around the world, but these models were untextured and some were modeled inaccurately. While interesting, the 3D models of the cities could be improved upon to look more realistic.
Recently Google purchase Sketchup and launched the 3D Warehouse where Google Earth users can upload and download fully textured 3D models of anything and everything. Rather than trying to make the city models better, Google gave modeling power to millions of users around the world in the form of Google Sketchup and the 3D Warehouse. Enter Google New York.
Freedom Tower and Lower Manhattan (It would be nice to see Freedom Tower in SimCity 4)
The Woolworth Building
I'll have more pictures as the skyline develops.