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Inside Gramercy Park-Google Panorama Image-Google Maps-Photo Sphere-Shawn Christopher-NYC

Gramercy Park is one of those elusive places in New York City, viewable in plain sight but perpetually difficult to access. Mostly because you need a key–and to get a key you have to own property on one of the original lots around the private park or be a member of the National Arts Club or the Players Club which are located on the park. Or, stay at the Gramercy Park Hotel. But now, you can have a peek inside thanks to Google Maps.

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Through a chance encounter on Airbnb, Untapped Cities came in touch with Denver artist Anne McGraw. Her self-funded project, Summit Ridge Studio, consists almost entirely of hand-painted maps that she produces from the basement of her home and sells online by request. Surrounded by her collection of antique maps and two cats, McGraw has developed a cutting edge aesthetic using everyone’s favorite open-source navigation software–Google Maps. We sat down with Anne to talk about her use of water colors, Denver urbanism, and her past as an architect.

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Google has gotten tons of coverage over the past 48 hours for its release of Street View images of the Eiffel Tower. Three such 360 degree panoramas were uploaded, taken from the Tower’s viewing platforms. The images are actually just one part of an online collection by the Google Cultural Institute, which has also amassed three separate exhibits about the construction and history of the Tower.

Many New York art museums are featured as part of Google’s Art Project, including the Met and the MoMA. Although you can definitely access the interior of the Morgan Library and Museum through Street View, the museum is strangely left off of the Google Art Project website.

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For a fun way to get through the work day, check out Geoguessr, a quirky new game that uses Google Street View to explore the world. The concept is simple: you are “dropped” into a random location anywhere in the world on Google Maps Street View and told to figure out where you are. After an attempt to pinpoint your exact location on world map, it tells you how far you are from the actual location. The closer you are, the more points you get.

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