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    Mapping Goes Local
    ARTICLE DATE: 02.15.06

    By Davis D. Janowski
    When you're on the prowl for a new pizza joint, where do you go to find one? Until recently, you probably checked the Yellow Pages (online or otherwise) for a list of pizzerias, and then whittled that list down by proximity. Or perhaps you asked your friends where they go for pizza. Or, if you live in a big city, maybe you just started walking until you came to one that looked good.
    A relatively new breed of Web services has been cropping up to help you find the pizza place (or deli, or mechanic, or museum) of your dreams. These local search services combine the search functionality of yellow-page sites, the cartographic abilities of the best mapping services, and a healthy dose of business and restaurant reviews provided by the locals themselves. Using these services, you can plot your location on a map, search for pizza joints in your vicinity, get reviews written by patrons, and get an address and driving directions.

    The best local search services, like Windows Live Local, integrate seamlessly with their corresponding mapping tools, letting you plot your search results effortlessly. They allow you to mark multiple points on your map and give you reliable driving directions. They also return relevant results for your searches, helping you quickly find exactly what you're looking for.
    Specialized photographic or satellite imagery is a big draw, as well. Windows Live Local features unique bird's-eye views of major cities, Google's service boasts intriguing satellite and hybrid maps, and the folks from A9.com have logged thousands of miles driving GPS/camera-enabled vehicles along city streets collecting storefront photos.
    This marriage of local search, mapping services, and creative imagery is fairly new, and the sites are still trying to, well, find themselves. A few of the services we tested are still in beta, and there are definite improvements to be made, especially at finding things like obscure local attractions. But, of course, all the services are free. So after reading our reviews, try them out and see which has the best coverage of your neighborhood. The pizza pie you've been searching for could be right around the corner.

    A9.com Maps (beta)
    REVIEW DATE: 02.02.06

    BOTTOM LINE:
    This innovative search site has taken a unique approach in bringing cities directly to your browser. It's definitely a work in progress, but A9.com Maps only gets better as more of each city is photographed and additional cities are added to the nationwide collage.

    PROS:
    Street-level views of storefronts, as well as maps, driving directions, and Yellow Page searches.

    CONS:
    Still very incomplete, despite the 40 million images already collected.

    COMPANY:
    A9.com Inc.

    SPEC DATA
    Price: $0.00
    Type: Personal

    EDITOR RATING:


    By Davis D. Janowski
    Combine traditional maps with street-level photographs of 24 major American cities (and portions of a dozen others), and you've got A9.com Maps, one of Amazon's three free search products (the others are A9 Search and A9 Yellow Pages). The mapping service is still in its beta-testing phase and there aren't a lot of cities on the coverage list yet, but its innovative photos are a great way to search and find your way.
    The company refers to its along-the-street images as Block View technology. A9, a subsidiary of Amazon, employs SUVs equipped with mounted digital cameras and GPS equipment to record the images and document where they are taken. Besides seeing these Block Views, you can also get driving directions from the main screen and create a route map that you can click on to view images along the way. You can also easily find the address for a spot on the map by clicking on a point in the map.
    To generate Block View images, enter an address or intersection into the search bar or click somewhere on the displayed map (within a city that's been photographed), and after a period of time—from a few seconds to roughly a minute on average—you'll receive, in the lower right side of the screen, a scrollable filmstrip view of either side of the street. As you hover over each frame, a larger view of that image appears just above. Clicking a check box below the search bar will highlight the streets within a city that have been photographed, so if your search returns no image results, you'll know why.
    A search or click on the screen generates two dozen or so images at a time, though only four for each side of the street fit on the screen. Clicking the scroll button on either side of the filmstrip moves you up or down the street. Running your mouse over each strip takes you 50 feet or so down the street per frame. Simultaneously, as you scroll the mouse left or right, the direction you are headed down the street on your virtual tour is also indicated by an arrow on the map to the left. This gives you an idea of your overall surroundings.
    At its best, a typed-in search or click on the map will get you an image of a storefront or some other point of interest that you're looking for. Even without a Block View, though, you'll still see a map and will receive a message indicating that no images exist yet for that area. In some cases you'll be told that there are images of a nearby area.
    Searching for various points of interest on our little home island of Manhattan produced mixed results. A large part of the city's most traveled areas has been covered; for instance, a general search of Manhattan will center you on Times Square, with a lot of neat images. You'll have less success with more obscure portions of town and the outer boroughs (Brooklyn hasn't been photographed at all yet). Block View images of Miami were spotty, but the entire downtown of San Diego has been captured. Other cities with some Block Views include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fargo (North Dakota), Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
    As an exercise, we tested A9.com Maps the same way we test all mapping services: We entered the addresses of somewhat obscure New York Revolutionary War historic sites. A9 had no trouble bringing up a MapQuest-generated map of each address or intersection we entered, but it couldn't produce images or details of the sites. Admittedly this was a bit of a stretch for A9, which seems most closely tuned to correspond with a national Yellow Pages database.
    To access this latter service, you must click on the Yellow Pages link, after which you'll be prompted to sign in or register if you haven't already done so (your Amazon name and password will work just fine). If you choose to register (something that all the mapping sites except Windows Live Local encourage) you'll have access to a complete Yellow Pages database for the entire country; the database is updated monthly. Searching for and finding a business listed here will pop up not only the address of the business but also a map of its location.
    One thing that gave us pause when we registered to use A9.com was its end-user licensing agreement. (And A9 is certainly not alone in this; all the mapping and local-search services have similarly worded EULAs.) The agreement states, "A9.com's toolbar service collects and stores full uniform resource locators (URLs) for every Web page that you view while using the A9.com toolbar service. These URLS sometimes include personally identifiable information. URLs from secure (HTTPS) Web pages are not collected." We can't say how such information will be used, but be aware that your virtual travel destinations are being recorded.
    Once you've registered, you can download the A9 toolbar. This tabbed interface lets you search blogs, images, and the Web in general—all from the same interface. Those who regularly use the search site will also get a tiny discount (around 1.5 percent of your purchase) at Amazon.com.
    A9.com Maps is quite useful for those that live under its umbrella of coverage. And as images are added and the list of cities expands, we fully expect A9.com Maps to be all the more impressive.
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    AOL Local
    REVIEW DATE: 02.02.06

    BOTTOM LINE:
    AOL Local doesn't have the flashy features or ease of use of the other mapping services, but it offers plenty of good, accurate information.

    PROS:
    Offers a wide array of useful information such as member reviews, AOL CityGuide entries, and directions.

    CONS:
    Clunky, non-intuitive interface takes some getting used to. Not as feature-rich as other mapping apps.

    COMPANY:
    America Online Inc

    SPEC DATA
    Price: $0.00
    Type: Personal

    EDITOR RATING:


    By Davis D. Janowski
    AOL Local doesn't have all the unique features introduced by A9, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!—bird's-eye views snapped by low-level aircraft (Windows Live Local), high-resolution satellite imagery (Google), or storefront images (A9). Instead, AOL has opted to take the simple route, using the tried-and-true MapQuest service and integrating AOL Local for detailed local searches.
    If all you want is driving directions between two locations, you can follow the old-fashioned method: Go to AOL's MapQuest.com and make use of the exquisitely simple interface, just as you've probably done for years. MapQuest's main page is uncluttered and straightforward, providing but two choices: maps and directions. If you like, you can save your home and work addresses so you always have an immediate starting place.
    AOL Local isn't quite as intuitive as MapQuest, but once you get used to the somewhat clunky interface, it's easy enough to get around and do what you need to do. When confronted with a search field, most of us intuitively enter a term and hit Enter. Here, there's an additional step—you have to select from the menu items along the left side to tell AOL Local where to search (see slide show). That's because "local" search on AOL is just a subset of the much larger AOL Search. Category choices include Video, Audio, Local (further subdivided into All, Businesses, Events, and Movies), News, Pictures, Shopping, and the Web.
    For example, we wanted to search for the closest branch of the New York Public Library, but entering only "NYPL" into the search bar resulted in the screen just sitting there staring back at us. We weren't prompted to make a selection among the categories on the left. Once we clicked on "local," however, the process got underway.
    Within ten seconds we had a list of branches, along with hyperlinks for "Get Directions" and "View Map" (generated by MapQuest). Clicking "View Map" pops up a clear, zoomable map, and "Get Directions" opens a new full-page window with MapQuest's familiar step-by-step directions. Oddly, at times the service would ask us to set our location, even though we'd already done so. Hitting Back and then Forward again on the main browser usually fixed this.
    Depending on what's available from AOL, your search results will be accompanied by subway info (at least for locations in New York City), a member rating for the business, a link to where you can add your own rating, another to an official Web site, and a descriptive entry from the AOL CityGuide. There is also a small box across the page with hyperlinks for finding places nearby, e-mailing the page, and viewing a printer-friendly page.
    Once you get used to the interface, AOL Local offers lots of information about local sites and goings-on, along with the ability to generate simple, straightforward maps and directions.
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    Google Local
    REVIEW DATE: 02.02.06

    BOTTOM LINE:
    The accurate and beautifully rendered mapping and imagery is addictive, but sometimes you'll find yourself wishing for that magically accurate trove of results found with nothing more than a keyword at Google.com.

    PROS:
    Toggle among three different and useful views. Speedy zoom in and zoom out. Easy map navigation.

    CONS:
    Search results can be too exhaustive, full of irrelevant listings.

    COMPANY:
    Google Inc

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    By Davis D. Janowski
    Today's Google Local is the result of last October's merger between two Google services—the original Google Local and Google Maps. Combined, they are even more intriguing.
    Google Local's interface is a model of simplicity, though as we explain later, this can also be a limiting factor. You have but three search choices, "Search the Map," "Find businesses," and "Get directions." "Search the Map" does just that; entering an item or descriptive phrase in the search window results in the service narrowing its parameters to just the area within the border of the map currently displayed. If you're looking for something in a limited area, perhaps around your home, the quickest way is probably to enter what you're searching for and your ZIP code. For example, "pizza 11232" resulted in a list of ten pizza restaurants in the Gowanus and Sunset Park sections of Brooklyn, each indicated with a red tab.
    "Find businesses" presents you with dual search bars, a "what" bar for the type of business you're in search of (hamburger restaurants, for instance) and the other for the "where" of your query (perhaps you are searching in Indianapolis). As with all the local search services reviewed here, special attention has been paid to Yellow Pages-type business directories, so searches for other sites, such as parks and public attractions, come up a bit short. The good news is that all these services are being continually updated and improved, and there's a good chance that we won't see these problems the next time we look at all of them.
    The third search choice, "Get directions," also presents a dual set of search windows, one for your starting address and a second for your destination. If Google Local recognizes your address, this works very well and returns a very straightforward set of printable driving directions.
    No matter which search you use, it returns a list of results along the left side of your screen, with little red tabs placed over each location on the map. Clicking a tab pulls up a small window on the map, providing the business's address, phone number, and other information.
    We found that we missed the flexibility of Google's pleasantly straightforward keyword search. Adding at least an intersection search capability would be very helpful for local searches in which you're searching for something with only a vague idea of its location, or if you just want to bring up what you think is a nearby intersection on the map to start looking around (without having to zoom in on the map and scroll until you see the streets).
    As with all the other services we reviewed here, we think there's room for improvement in finding some local attractions and nonprofit locations, even if it's just the way their relevance is ordered within returned results. We know this isn't a reflection on search technology, but of how non-profits and other public agencies and entities are often listed in the directories that all these search services use.
    For instance, when we were trying to find the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum here in Manhattan, entering "Intrepid" produced results for lots of things with Intrepid in the name, mostly businesses. The museum is hard to miss, as it is located on a retired World War II aircraft carrier. The closest match high up in the results was actually the Intrepid Foundation, whose location is in the middle of Manhattan. Clicking on that listing, though, did reveal related links, including a URL for the museum itself. Searching the map for "aircraft carrier" also revealed links to the museum, but the tabs placed on the map were in the center of Manhattan.
    The point here is that, as with all the services, there is room for improvement in the way things are cross-referenced, the way search results are ordered, and how easily an item can be dug out of search results, especially when you're starting from a vague or general search.
    One feature we liked a lot was being able to click and drag the map rather than having to rely on scroll buttons. The speed and responsiveness we found when moving the map are very impressive too, as is the speed with which you can zoom in or out on the map.
    The maps have been created by Google using Navteq data and are crisp and clear at all levels of magnification. You can zoom in to a scale of 200 feet per inch that even reveals the direction of one-way streets. Alternatively, you can zoom out to a very general Mercator projection of the world at a scale of 5,000 miles per inch.
    You can toggle between three different views: Map, Satellite, and Hybrid. The satellite and hybrid views show the same area as the map at the same scale. Toggling to the satellite view reveals that much of the imagery in Google Local is the same as that found in Google Earth (though in some instances we noted that Google Earth imagery for certain locations had been more recently updated and had a higher resolution). But other than shared reliance on some imagery, Google Earth is an entirely different animal, with its specialized 3D views, tilt angles, and the requirement for more powerful hardware, especially in the way of graphics support. The satellite imagery in Google Local is traditional, directly overhead imagery.
    We especially like the Hybrid view, which combines satellite imagery and map information. Roads, road names, and other map data are highlighted and overlaid on top of the satellite imagery. This is done in a nonintrusive manner that allows for retention of plenty of detail in both the images and map details. With this view you can very easily visualize a given route against the reality of the actual terrain.
    The "Get directions" feature sometimes failed in its attempt to interpret addresses, even those we found during a search and tried to cut and paste manually from the results window into the "Get directions" bar. For example, "6200 Flying LC Ln" threw the system for a loop when trying to generate directions from there to a local hamburger restaurant, even though this address came up in a search on Google Local itself. You can circumvent this, however, by simply clicking on the "Directions: To here—From here" query choices that come up in the details pop-up window when you've found a location. We had no trouble with many other searches.
    We really like Google Local's simplicity and responsive interface. Addition of keyword searching, a few tweaks to its databases, and address search algorithms would bring it closer to perfection.
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    Windows Live Local (beta)
    REVIEW DATE: 02.02.06

    BOTTOM LINE:
    The cool bird's-eye views would probably be enough of a draw for most people even without the local search, maps, and wealth of extra features.

    PROS:
    Free. Unique bird's-eye views integrated with maps, satellite imagery, and lots of other features.

    CONS:
    Obviously still in beta. Database of cities and points of interest needs to be filled out more.

    COMPANY:
    Microsoft Corporation

    EDITOR RATING:


    By Davis D. Janowski
    There's no doubt about it—all those billions in licensing fees we've paid to Microsoft over the years have finally paid off. Windows Live Local, in beta testing now, has to be one of the most addictive Web search tools out there. We're most excited about the 45-degree bird's-eye images of major U.S. cities including Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle (with others coming). Windows Live Local lets you soar like an eagle through all these major cities without ever leaving your desk.
    Live Local matches the images, taken from photographs made by Pictometry International Corp. on low-altitude flights, with satellite imagery and road maps. Once you've conducted a search, you can switch among three different views: bird's-eye (if available), satellite (again, if available), or road-map. A yellow indicator will inform you after a search whether a bird's-eye view is available for that area.
    Want to know what a block looks like from the south? No problem—the bird's-eye perspective lets you view your location from all four cardinal directions. You can also zoom in for a high-resolution look at a given location.
    Windows Live Local actually has two search fields: one for the "where" and one for the "what." At its most basic, the application works by cross-referencing two things: what you're looking for and where you want to look for it. If you mix the two up, as we did in our first search, and put the "where" (New York) in the "what" field, you can end up with some very confusing results.
    Our erroneous search pinpointed every New York Life Insurance branch in the fine state of South Dakota. Because we left that second field blank, the application defaulted to finding all the things named "New York" in the vicinity of where the cursor happened to be positioned on the main map, in this case South Dakota.
    As with any beta app, there are glitches to fix and holes to fill. For instance, we couldn't find a big local attraction, the U.S.S. Intrepid and its Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Drive along the West Side Highway here in New York, and we bet you'd find it hard to miss an enormous aircraft carrier with guns pointed at Midtown. Windows Live Local must have been looking the other way.
    We also tested this and other mapping apps using Revolutionary War sites. Though Windows Live Local wasn't able to locate every one of our sites by name, we easily found their locations using just the address. Once we did, we were able to create our own little tourist itinerary using the customizable pushpins—a useful feature with broad possibilities. For instance, you can mark a location with the time you want to meet, then share your map with others via e-mail or blog.
    If you're using a Wi-Fi–enabled computer, a useful tool called Location Finder helps you find and set your current location as a starting point for searches. To use the feature, you download and install an ActiveX control that finds the names and signal strengths of area access points your machine can reach. This data is parsed based on Microsoft's database of access points for your area, and Windows Live Local returns your location. The company claims accuracy to within a few hundred feet. If the system can't locate your access point, it will resort to using your ISP's IP address to make an estimate.
    Getting directions is very easy once you've found a location. Click on the location's icon on your search results map or the hyperlinked text in the results window, and a small window will open that contains additional details such as address and phone number. This is a refreshing departure from the mapping norm, which forces you to start from a search bar that asks for a street address. If you have some idea of where something is on the map but don't have the address, you can just click your cursor in the general area and generate your directions from that. The convenient print options let you get print-only directions, add notes to printed directions, or add thumbnail pictures to each turn in the route.
    The search results window also displays helpful ways to use the info. You can select and view additional details, add items to a scratch pad, zoom to street level, e-mail a friend, and choose drive from or drive to—our favorite. Click on this choice, and a Directions window that opens on the right side of the screen displays driving instructions as well as the destination addresses, total distance, and estimated drive time. The route is also highlighted on the map, along with each numbered step of the way.
    Expect to see plenty of new locations in the U.S. and in foreign locales, as well as other improvements and changes as the service evolves and nears official launch. Until then, you can try the beta out at http://local.live.com.
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    Yahoo! Local Maps (beta)
    REVIEW DATE: 02.08.06

    BOTTOM LINE:
    Yahoo! Local Maps (beta) forgoes a lot of the glitzy features in favor of a clean straightforward interface and good routing features. It provides a quick means of locating local places and things from within an intuitive interface—and it's still only a beta.

    PROS:
    Clean, intuitive, and works fairly well. Drag navigation makes it easy to move within the map.

    CONS:
    No pushpin-type markers. Driving routes can be roundabout.

    COMPANY:
    Yahoo Inc

    EDITOR RATING:


    By Davis D. Janowski
    Yahoo! Local Maps, currently in beta testing, is tailored for those times when you just want to generate a local map or produce directions. The maps generated here are far more interactive than those made in tandem with searches on Yahoo! Local, which is geared toward helping you search for local events or businesses. Keep in mind, though, that what makes the maps interactive is the use of Flash, so you may need to upgrade to the latest free version of Macromedia Flash Player (Version 6,0,79,0 as of this writing; the PC we initially used for testing had Flash 6). There's also a non-Flash, non-beta version of Local Maps, but it lacks a lot of the snazzy effects available in the Flash-y beta version.
    The first feature we fell in love with was the inset zoom window on the main page. An easy-to-adjust slider lets you quickly zoom in and out, from 0.2 miles to the entire continental U.S.
    The application uses both Tele Atlas and Navteq data and is particularly rich in map content. You won't, however, find the multiple types of map views (such as bird's-eye views, satellite imagery, or hybrid views) you'd encounter at Google Local or Windows Live Local. Yahoo!'s focus has been on the search capabilities and maps themselves. As with Google's maps, you can easily click and drag the maps in Yahoo! Local Maps (beta), though they are a bit slower and less responsive. If you're a registered Yahoo! user, once you've signed in, the service will open a map of your home address as a default jumping-off place.
    Another feature we really like—once we'd discovered it—was being able to click and drag the flags on the map we'd generated during searches. Dragging them from the map into the left-hand search pane we could very simply generate a multi-point itinerary. We could also easily change the order and, best of all, we'd end up with a highlighted route on the map.
    A Yahoo! representative explained that everything on this page, as well as much that populates the beta version of Local Maps, was created in response to user feedback and requests. When questioned about a lack of some of the more intriguing things found at the other sites, such as the satellite views and other imagery, the response was that these things aren't among the features most requested by Yahoo! users (though a satellite component is in the works).
    In fact, our only real criticism of the site is that some things don't show up in search but will show up on the map if you know where they are and zoom in far enough (we can't just pick on Yahoo! here either; all these new map/search sites suffer the same symptoms). For instance, we had the same trouble finding the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum with Yahoo! Local Maps (beta) that we did with Google. Searching on "Intrepid" brought up lots of businesses with Intrepid in the name, and you could locate the site by digging a bit in the results (under Intrepid Foundation), but you had to dig. Nor could we find the site through combinations of the museum's official name, within quotes or without quotes. Such things can be and generally do get fixed as people provide feedback—one of the truly great aspects of the Web—made even easier by Yahoo!'s "Tell us what you think" feedback box.
    We'd have liked a pushpin-type feature on Yahoo! Local Maps (beta) similar to what we found on Windows Live Local. Though a Yahoo! spokesperson told us that it is possible and simple to place multiple markers on our map, we could not figure out how to make the application do this. When you search for a location or business, a marker will be placed there, but that marker is removed when you perform your next search. We also encountered repeated errors when we tried to use a "My Saved Locations" feature.
    Even with these hiccups, we really like the overall layout and functioning of the page. The left-hand side of the main map page is where you enter your searches. Topping the list is "Get Map and Directions." You have two further hyperlink choices immediately below, for generating "Reverse Directions" (so you don't have to read your original directions backwards to get home) or "Roundtrip."
    Below these features is the more general "Find on the Map" search bar. Immediately below this you'll find some hyperlink choices that let you further narrow your search by browsing through preset categories such as "ATMs & Services," "Entertainment & Shopping," "Restaurants & Bars," and "Travel."
    At the top of the map itself there are several choices as well: one for generating a printable version of the map; a link for e-mailing the map; "Send to Phone," which is clickable only when you've registered for this feature and are logged in; and Live Traffic. You can also add a map to your my Yahoo! Page.
    Links at the bottom of the page will take you to the Yahoo! Developer Network and a Yahoo! Maps API Application Gallery.
    Yahoo! reps told us we can expect the new version of Local Maps to be finalized "soon."
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    Yahoo! Local
    REVIEW DATE: 02.08.06

    BOTTOM LINE:
    You'll find both breadth and depth when using Yahoo! Local—in fact, it feels more like a blog maintained by locals who know their turf than the offspring of a national search site.

    PROS:
    Clean, intuitive, and works well.

    CONS:
    Not very well integrated with Yahoo!'s mapping service.

    COMPANY:
    Yahoo Inc

    EDITOR RATING:


    By Davis D. Janowski
    The Yahoo! Local site is the best spot to start general local searches for just about anything. It's rich in local detail, too, aggregating all sorts of content such as your neighborhood's upcoming events, weather, businesses, RSS feeds, users' favorite restaurants, and hot spots. The Web app plots search results automatically on a map with color-coded and numbered tags. Some of this ability is due to Yahoo!'s acquisition of and integration with upcoming.org (a social-event calendar site) last year.
    We aren't too thrilled with Yahoo! Local's integration with Yahoo! Local Maps, though. The two services are linked but act like two separate sites. Searches in Yahoo! Local generate a smallish map that is relegated to the sidebar, with your results listed on the main section of the page. Google Local, A9.com Maps, and Windows Live Local all do a better job of integrating maps with your search results.
    This content and the accompanying map dominate the topmost part of the main Local page, and several other subcategories populate the remainder. These include "People are asking about…," "Browse All Categories" (automotive, computers & electronics, and so on); and "Recent History," which tracks the pages you've viewed, things you've recently searched on, and suggestions on other things you might be interested in.
    Yahoo! Local may have some mapping integration issues, but without question, it gives broader, deeper, and more tailored results for your area than any of the other services we've reviewed. The site, which is no longer in beta, has a great deal of potential locked up inside. It's a great place to explore your neighborhood in even more depth.
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    Local Live is not yet completely at the point




    Veiled the Verrezano Narrows Bridge

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    Great information Edward, thanks. I always use the google one... maybe I should look at the others.

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    Microsoft Introduces New Version of Windows Live Local
    New capabilities include real-time traffic reporting, new ways to collect and share search results, tight integration with Microsoft Office Outlook and Windows Live Messenger, and geographic expansion to Canada and the U.K.

    REDMOND, Wash. — May 23, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the third release of Windows Live™ Local, the company’s online local search and mapping service that gives people the ability to quickly find maps, directions and local search information that is layered on top of rich, immersive aerial photography. Added functionality includes real-time traffic flow and incident reporting, new social networking tools that enable users to save and share their favorite local experiences, and productivity enhancements from extending the Windows Live Local experience into Microsoft® Office Outlook® and Windows Live Messenger. The service is also expanding its beta release to the U.K. and a limited version to Canada. Windows Live Local is available at http://local.live.com.

    Real-time traffic flow. Customizable driving directions are now even more useful with the addition of real-time traffic flow and incident reporting provided by Traffic.com. This functionality will be available only in the U.S. release.

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    Default GREAT NYC Subway Map from MTA

    I hope this is appropriate to post here.

    It's a link to the MTA's Subway Map:

    http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/subwaymap.pdf

    The page is here:
    http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/submap.htm

    VERY useful site for visitors and home-folks alike....

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    Default Alternate mapping, very detailed

    First time posting here, always interested in everything for NYC
    though I live in the sticks.
    The link below is actually a link to NYC GOV Map Portal.
    It's super to really, really pinpoint a location/building, parcel by house number.

    http://www.myciti.org/make_a_map_citi2.html

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    Manhattan: City Map Portal Is Online

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    By SEWELL CHAN
    December 4, 2006

    Officials have unveiled CityMap, a new feature on the city government’s Web site, at nyc.gov/citymap.

    The CityMap includes City Council district and Community Board boundaries, links to results of restaurant inspections, locations of subway entrances and exits, and aerial views of the city. The tool also allows users to find addresses for the nearest wireless Internet hot spots, senior centers, libraries, post offices, farmers’ markets, after-school programs and other services. Boundaries of fire companies, police precincts and landmark and business improvement districts are also included. Eventually, city officials said, bus routes and bicycle paths will be added to the site, which was unveiled on Thursday.

    Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

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