By Stephen Martin
Recently, Google Maps selected Four Freedoms Park for its Streetview program. Streetview is one of Google’s terrific products that documents with 360-degree cameras many different world landmarks, natural wonders, art museums and national parks and then publishes the images, for all to see, on Google Maps. It really is the ideal digital walking tour of hundreds of special places all over the world.
Last week, a Google Trekker Operator walked nearly every square inch of the Park with the complex camera-system strapped to his back. He documented the walking paths under the Linden trees, the entrance stair, the Room, and all inscriptions. The following day, he boarded Park friend Captain Tony DiLernia’s Rocket Charter fishing boat and photographed Four Freedoms Park from the East River. We can’t wait to share the collection of images with you when they become available online!
In the meantime, we’ve been touring some incredible U.S. National Sites that are presently available on Google Streetview. Check out some of the sites that have caught our eye below and then tell us, what's your favorite Google Streetview site?
1. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. It is the first presidential library in the United States and was in-part designed by President Roosevelt himself. Tour all the latest exhibits here.
2. The High Line, New York, New York, is the perfect fit for the Streetview Program in that it captures terrific views of New York City from above the street. We imagine the images will be updated soon to capture all the new developments within the park and at Hudson Yards! Find the latest views here.
3. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Keystone, South Dakota. The Streetview images of this presidential memorial are quite stunning. Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) and Four Freedoms Park bust sculptor Jo Davidson (1883-1951) were both considered masters of American art and completed terrific amounts of work during the Roosevelt administration. See this memorial here.
4. USS Lexington, Corpus Christie, Texas, was built for the US Navy in 1943 during World War II and was decommissioned in 1991. The boat is the oldest remaining aircraft carrier that exists today and it now functions as a museum that can be toured here.
5. Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri, was designed by the architect Eero Saarinen in 1947 and was conceived as a monument to celebrate the westward expansion of the United States. The arch is operated and maintained by the National Parks Service and can be toured here.
6. The Graceland mansion, Memphis, Tennessee, is the home of legend Elvis Presley. The mansion rests on nearly 14 acres, most of which can be explored on this Streetview.
7. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, was built in 1909 and now features a trapeze school, restaurants, and concerts year-round. Walk the pier.
8. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, was designed by memorial-architect Thomas Hastings in 1921. The memorial honors service members who died in service without their bodies being identified. You can tour this memorial here.
9. Ellis Island, New York, New York, is operated by the National Parks Services. Tour this location on Streetview here.
10. Carmel Beach, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, is a one-mile stretch of beach that promises some of the best sunset-viewing options in the country. Streetview walking tour is here.