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Old 05-12-2008, 10:41 AM
 
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:44 AM
 
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When I was searching for an apartment, I used it extensively to "visit" neighborhoods I haven't been to before. I also sometimes use it to get an idea of the area if I need to drive and not familiar with the surroundings. So I'll have landmarks to look out for to know that I'm near where I want to turn or stop.

Those are probably the only useful things it has helped me with. Other than that, it's just mainly a time waster so far.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:05 AM
 
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Not much,, I use google earth, and for some reason google earth doesnt have it.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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It is pretty useful. Not just for here in NY but I've used it to wander around Chicago and LA a couple of times - just to see what's out there.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: UWS -- Lucky Me!
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I like it. It's fun!

But it wisely carries the caveat that addresses are approximate, so it's only marginally useful, but if you're going somewhere unfamiliar, it gives you a generalized orientation to the block. That is, assuming the photos are up to date.

I've noticed that the satellite photo for Lincoln Center, for example, still includes the bridge/plaza across 65th St. It was demolished several months ago.
165 West 66th St. - Google Maps

The street view does show the street without the bridge and suggests construction, but it, too, is outdated by some months.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:09 AM
 
Location: East Side
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Do u use it often?
I use a site called vPike - Take a Trip on the Virtual Turnpike
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Boynton Beach / Great Neck NY
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I use street view all the time, especially if I'm going somewhere unfamiliar.

The thing that surprises me is that not all places in NYC have street view. I would have thought Google would have mapped the entire city. . .
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Newark, NJ/BK
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I use it a lot for places I'm not familiar with like Chi-town, Philly, and Brasil, but with NYC/NJ I use it to compare and contrast to how it is now cause some of those pics date all the way back to 2007.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:12 AM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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I enjoy using it to browse through towns and neighborhoods I've never been to. It's great for getting an idea what a place looks like. I probably spend too much time on it though. I think I'm getting carpal tunnel in my mouse hand.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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I dont use it consciously in NYC very often

but I still partake of the service. for instance, Trulia.com - an apartment listing site - has streetviews on all their listings. And I pan around when I am looking at a place
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