Times Square at Night in Google Earth/Maps StreetView

Thanks to Google Earth’s StreetView layer, I noticed some of the new StreetView images released today have some night-time views of Times Square. See it here in Google Maps:

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In Google Earth (v4.3 only), if you turn on the StreetView layer and zoom down to near street level, you’ll see miniature spheres showing the images in place of the icons. That’s how I quickly noticed the different set of images. See more about StreetView in the video demonstration of Google Earth 4.3 here (the last half of the video shows it).
The Times Square area is a particularly good area to check out the new face blurring technique Google is using to help reduce privacy concerns about StreetView imagery. They have face detection software to help with the blurring process.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. It is great to view the Time Square in the night!

  2. i m from brasil i lives sao paulo i like to visited time square but today i couldnt to because i m jail mr chairman globo tv rue doctor chucri zaidan 46 morumbi at sao paulo

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