Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sim New York in the Making: At Night

Here's some development shots at night of the recreation. Automata (vehicles) are turned off in these shots so that's why the streets look eerily empty. Also, the areas shown are in development and still have large empty spaces. More detailed, completed night shots will be posted for another update.

Washington Square Park at night with the Washington Monument lit up.

St. Mark's in the Bowery Church in the East Village

Midtown at night.

An area of Midtown north of 42nd Street showing the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Rockefeller Center and the Bear Sterns Building.The Lever House at night

More coming up next time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge Turns 125 Years Old

A very belated post about the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge. From Time Magazine:

"It was so singular a marvel, so ambitious a feat, that its opening drew the president and a crowd of thousands. A leading national magazine said it stood poised to become 'our most durable monument.'

Some 125 years later, the Brooklyn Bridge remains a powerful symbol of engineering might and imagination, and
a revered fixture in the landscape of the nation's largest city. And it can still draw a crowd. Thousands of people are expected at the bridge's 125th birthday blowout Thursday, with fireworks, a Navy flyover, a colorful new lighting scheme and the debut of a tribute song scheduled to honor the storied span."

Click here for more pictures of the celebration.

Photo by Spencer Platt

Monday, June 16, 2008

3D Manhattan Map

Today I ran across another 3D map of Manhattan and it's one of the most detailed I've seen yet. It's produced by a recent startup company called You City. So far they have about 1/3 of Manhattan completed.

It seems the buildings are modeled in fully in 3D (some of the building's textures remind me of SC3000). You can check it out a demo at

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

3D New York Video

After a little time away behind the scenes tweaking the site design I'm back.

It's always interesting to finding expansive or nearly complete 3d models of New York (among other cities). Though, it's even better to see them streaming in real time. Here's another video clip of an amazing 3D model of Manhattan created by Screampoint.

More coming up next time.