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As impressive as they are invasive, Google Maps are about to get a lot more detailed. The company has introduced 3D imaging to Google Maps and Google Earth in San Francisco and New York, with more cities getting rendered in 2015. TechCrunch reports that the change comes from “better cameras and improved algorithms,” which really […]

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There’s a minor kind of magic that happens every once in a while when you’re using Google Street View. You’re stepping along when all of a sudden the landscape drastically changes — buildings change hands, gentrification marches on, natural disasters happen. Because of the patchwork way in which Google sends cameras out to update its […]

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Last year, we showed you a bit of Williamsburg gentrification you could see happening before your eyes on Google Street View. Take one step down North 3rd Street near Kent Avenue, and a dilapidated warehouse turned into a shiny new apartment complex. Now, in a series called Vacated, artist Justin Blinder is building on that concept […]

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In case you want to replicate everyone’s favorite overrated Beat Generation novel, this is On the Road for 17,527 Miles, an ebook that catalogs every twist and turn in Sal Paradise’s epic cross-country journey as a set of Google Maps directions. “The exact and approximate spots Kerouac traveled and described are taken from the book and parsed […]

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Some delightfully simple Google Maps art from Emilio Vavarella: “Report a Problem,” from the artist’s Google Trilogy, is a 100-image collection of screencapped images of glitches Vavarella found while wandering through Street View. That’s it. Writes Vavarella on his site: “Report a Problem” is the message that appears at the bottom of the Google Street View screen, which allows […]

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Fourteen-year-old Kevin Barrera was found brutally beaten and shot beside railroad tracks in Richmond, California in the August of 2009. Last week, his father Jose Barrera made the shocking discovery that Google Maps has included a satellite image of police officers at the crime scene, standing beside the body of his now deceased son. Sadly, Kevin’s killer was never […]

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There’s nothing particularly creepy about Clement Valla’s 3D Maps Minus 3D: literally, it’s the images used by “one of the major online satellite 3D-maps” (Google?), with all of the 3D modeling removed. Google’s 3D maps aren’t unsettling on their own, and this is just one part of how the sausage gets made. But–and I’m not […]

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The game designer Pierre Chevalier created EMMA, the best thing I’ve seen on the internet today. The premise: go here, press the space bar and you’ll be confronted with a super high-contrast black-and-white footage randomly grabbed from Google Maps. Press it again, you’ll get a sentence of someone’s dream that they’ve recorded on DreamBank. Space again, […]

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We love the time warps Google Street View accidentally creates when it juxtaposes newly-taken photos against older ones. First, there was a bank in Bay Ridge that changed hands as you walked; then, a scene of post-Sandy devastation jutted up against suburban tranquility on Staten Island. Now, thanks to Redditor stratomaster aka photographer Michael Tapp, here’s […]

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At some point during his Google Maps-scouring endeavors, German artist Daniel Schwarz noticed a strange phenomenon: the apparent coexistence of two contrasting seasons in the same place. Juxtapose is a collection of these glitched-out images, mostly of remote locations, taken directly from Google Maps. Although the satellite images give users a godlike power in jumping from […]

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