In a sign of the times, the Statue of Liberty celebrated her 125th birthday by having five streaming web cams installed in her torch. Earthcam Inc. , which manages webcams around the world, donated the cameras to the National Park Service to capture a panoramic view of New York City's harbor, shots of Ellis Island and a glimpse of the torch itself. What other unusual urban surveillance is available online? Check out some of our favorite streaming city views: NEW YORK & TOKYO: It's King Kong v. Godzilla with competing views of New York and Tokyo.
Kirsten Hively is obsessive about New York's colourful neon signs. She's been photographing them, mainly at night, and runs a weekly blog called Project Neon . Just launched, however, is a Project Neon iPhone app that allows fellow neon fans to locate some of NYC's finest signs for themselves... "Project Neon began as my personal project to document New York City's current, glowing neon signs, starting on the Upper East Side," says Hively. "Because I couldn't find any good resource listing the city's working signs, I kept careful track of the addresses of each sign I photographed," she continues.
Update Oct 3, 12:00 pm: In order to use 3D driving directions, you'll need to have the Google Earth plug-in installed on your computer. Getting directions is one of the most popular features on Google Maps , whether it be for driving, walking, biking or transit. Today, we are launching a new feature that allows you to bring your upcoming trip to life, by allowing you to preview your route in 3D. Let’s say you’re planning a road trip down the beautiful coast of California’s Highway 1 and want to be able to see what the route really looks like. California’s rugged coastline is not to be missed, but the top-down view really doesn’t give you a good sense of what this majestic terrain is like.
close Mapnificent shows you the area you can reach with public transport from any point in a given time. It is available for major cities in the US and world wide. You may be interested to watch a video about what Mapnificent can do , read a blog post about how Mapnificent works or jump to the Mapnificent API Documentation . Mapnificent was originally inspired by MySociety's Mapumental which is sadly still in private beta. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>