Google Upgrades New York City Info Site

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a blog entry on the official Google blog announcing a partnership with the Internet’s most important

is the official resource on the web for all there is to see, do and experience in the City," the mayor wrote. It features listings of events, dining, and entertainment recommendations. The site will be managed by NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.

Google chipped in with their Google Maps and Google Earth applications. Users can find recommended destinations from famous New Yorkers with the "Just Ask the Locals" feature (From Cynthia Nixon: "My kids are crazy about Mars 2112"), then get directions and send the info to their phones with Google Maps for mobile. Other partners like Travelocity will offer discounts and deals. Media outlets, including Time Out New York, Paper and, well, we here at The New York Observer, have partnered with the city to offer some of their favorite destinations. (Here’s our "best brunch" feature, for example.)

The city has also teamed with Google to create a high-tech Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue, between 52nd and 53rd streets. There’s interactive map tables powered by the Google Maps API. Users will be able to browse through attractions and make their own itineraries, which they can print or download onto their phone. A huge video wall featuring Google Earth displays a 3-D map of New York City and visitors will be able to zoom in on specific locations and venues on their travel plan. Google Upgrades New York City Info Site