In April 2013, Google gave New York the new 3D mesh showing the World Trade Center towers nearing completion. Now Google have updated the 3D to show the towers now complete. Thank you to GEB readers Ryan, Jonahrf, Wayne and Anton for letting us know. It is difficult to tell how much was updated, or exactly when the new imagery is from. The 3D mesh was extended further to the east, but apart from that the borders were not changed, suggesting that only some parts of New York were updated. It would be very helpful if Google was to start putting dates on their 3D imagery, as they do for satellite and aerial imagery. Another nice feature would be ‘historical 3D’. Currently, if you turn on historical imagery, then you get to see the old user contributed models, which for New York are pretty impressive and often better quality than the new 3D mesh.
The World Trade Center. The reflections in the windows are particularly impressive.
Google pays particular attention to bridges.
The Statue of Liberty. Do our readers know whether this was part of the recent refresh?
We have talked about the anniversary of 9/11 a number of times in the past, including 2006, 2010, 2011 (a three part series 123), 2012 and 2013. We also followed the progress of the new World Trade Center buildings in May 2010 and May 2012.
The 3D imagery in New York is still the same as it was last year, with the ‘new’ type of 3D imagery actually showing slightly less progress on the buildings than the older type of 3D, which can be viewed by going to ‘historical imagery’. However, Historical Street View was introduced in April 2014, so we can now show you the progress of the building of the new World Trade Center using Street View.
The new World Trade Center over time in Street View.