Walking Mechanics Alley

Posted June 3, 2010 at 6:12 am

Beneath the Manhattan Bridge is a charming spit of land known simply as Mechanics Alley.  With the buzzing clamor of traffic and subway trains high above, this narrow passage is bookended by Madison Street on the south and Henry Street on the north; however, the alley continues unmarked until its termination at Monroe Street.

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Google Maps on Peretz Square

Posted April 15, 2010 at 6:33 am

As it happens, the all-knowing Google, Inc. is not 100% infallible. In doing some research earlier this week, we came across an embarrassing spelling error on a Google Map of the neighborhood.

Google Maps Has No Love for Doyers or Pell

Posted December 2, 2009 at 6:37 am

Google Maps has no love for Doyers or Pell Street; the “street view” function is not available for any address in this narrow slice of Chinatown.  It’s almost as if the roving Google camera car got lost (or lazy) and never had the chance to catalog this section of real estate. But it’s probably for […]

Reminder: Bowery Still Not a Street

Posted February 6, 2009 at 10:18 am

Much like the terribly uninformed Cemusa, it appears that Google Maps is currently referring to the Bowery as a street. Guess they didn’t get the memo either. Also, the late CBGB is still listed as a pushpin landmark. Sigh. Related Reading:Maps [Bowery Boogie]Everyday Chatter [Vanishing NY]


LES Pre-Gold Rush: A Map

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:46 am

For some reason, Google Maps has decided against updating its satellite feed of NYC. And glad are we they didn’t. The current map dates back at least a few years, so it’s cool to see a static image of recent city history. Especially for an area undergoing such massive structural and cultural shifts that the […]