View hundreds of new special Street View collections in Google Earth

Google has just released a huge variety of “special collections” for Street View, all of which can be seen from within Google Earth. This includes a wide variety of parks, all captured with the Street View “Trike” (a three-wheeled bicycle that has a Street View camera mounted on it). Among the parks are Kensington Gardens in London and Knuthenborg Safari Park in Denmark.
Of special note is High Line Park in New York City, an old elevated railroad track that has become a park since its closure in the 1980’s.

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Not only does it look great in Street View, but Google has produced a short video to tell you a bit more about the High Line and what makes it special:

If you’re not familiar with how Street View works in Google Earth, check out this post for a quick overview. Be sure to check out Google’s “Parks of the World” Gallery to see some of these amazing new Street View sights.
(via Google Lat Long Blog)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.



Comments

  1. Various parks in Bath, UK have been added as well as the University of Bath campus.

  2. The new special SV coverage shows up with the usual blue lines once Pegman is activated, but one section of special coverage – the Rhaetain alpine railway – previewed in the LatLong blog a week or two ago appears not to have made it yet on to GE or Maps, which is a pity as it promises to be spectacular.

  3. Google say there are 200 of these special ‘park views’, but aside from a post in the Google Danish press blog listing 30 places in Denmark (worth a look) linked from Google Maps Mania it seems you are left to search on your own elsewhere for these “amazing new Street View sights” as the gallery only appears to show a handful, unless another reader has the answer.
    Rather odd PR.

  4. I suspect one reason they don’t list the updates is because there are just far too many tiny updates to list properly. If I find more, I’ll post again. For now, though, I’ll share as many of the ones that I know of:
    JAPAN:
    Space World (Kitakyushu)
    Ryoan-ji Temple (Kyoto)
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)
    Koganei Park (Tokyo)
    NETHERLANDS:
    Keukenhof
    NORWAY:
    Vigeland Statue Park
    UK:
    Kensington Gardens (London)
    Green Park (London)
    Inn the Park (London)
    Greenwich Park (Grenewich)
    Greenwich University (Greenwich)
    Richmond Park (Richmond)
    Bushy Park (Richmond?)
    Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Blackpool)
    Chain Pier (Brighton)
    Paignton Pier (Paignton)
    Land’s End ‘park’ (in Cornwall)
    Victoria Park (Bath)
    Henrietta Park (Bath)
    Sydney Gardens (Bath)
    USA:
    Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu Island, Hawaii)
    Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, Illinois)
    Six Flags Great Adventure Park (Jackson, New Jersey)
    High Line Park (Manhattan)

  5. I forgot to mention others:
    USA
    Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago)
    Grant Park (Chicago)
    Millennium Park (Chicago)
    Northerly Island Park (Chicago)
    They ran a long path along the Chicago lakefront that doesn’t really always sit in a park or label easily.
    Jackson Park (Chicago)
    Humboldt Park (Chicago)
    Garfield Park (Chicago)
    Washington Park (Chicago)

  6. ITALY:
    The House of Juliet (Verona)
    SPAIN:
    …..
    …..
    honestly there’s just so many parks in Madrid that were added I think I’ll listing the updates.

  7. @ Munden – many thanks, and I am sure GEB readers will appreciate your ‘finds’. I can only add London Zoo in Regents Park, and Kew Gardens by the Thames in SW London (probably the best new images in London) in the UK.
    Maybe 200+ sites are too many to list, but you only get a few at a time form the Gallery, and, after the effort of capturing the images, you would think that Google would want to give their work more publicity, perhaps through selective national lists like the one for Denmark.
    Finally, Munden, how do you mange to spot all the image updates, is it technology and/or diligent search? :-)

  8. It’s mostly just diligent searching. :) Up to now, there were so few parks with pictures that it’s fairly easy to spot. There were a few I was keeping my eye on because I really wanted to see them.
    Vigeland Statue Park was actually put in at the beginning of this year, but the images were reversed 180 degrees, so they removed them.
    Oh, though now that I read your question again, it makes me wonder if you meant the top-down imagery mentioned today. That’s just a matter of my looking for those huge image blocks. There’s only so many of them, so it’s slightly easier to spot a new one if you look at updates as blocks rather than cities. That only works in the USA, though, since that image provider (whoever it is) only works in the US.
    It’s a lot harder to spot the updates outside of the US, but it just comes down to looking around for something that seems new and then checking with Google Maps.

  9. @ Munden – thanks again, and I meant both the ‘parks’ imagery and the regular updates in the US and elsewhere, so apologies for any confusion.
    I find spotting colour change in blocks, strips, or irregular areas sometimes works outside the US, most obvious recently has been poor dark and cloudy images, and there are even patches of low res imagery dating from the launch of GE that are easy to spot when they (infrequently) get updated.

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