Cartifact Maps, has today released a major update to their visually enhanced version of Google Maps. The new release enhances the current Los Angeles maps and adds maps of Manhattan.
Here is a short screencast showing off Cartifact's amazing lens tool:
In LA, Cartifacts have assembled an incredibly detailed map of 1887 LA and added it to their innovative lens tool. In NYC, there is a building level detailed map of Manhattan below Central Park. The lens tool for New York features a Historic tab with an 1865 Sanitary & Topographic map for the Council of Hygiene which shows all the original water courses of Manhattan Island and is from the David Rumsey Map Collection. Another new addition to the lens tool is an Oblique 3D Buildings view rendered by Union Design for CB Richard Ellis.
Cartifact Maps beta v1.1 launch coincides with this year's Where 2.0 conference in San Jose where Cartifact Labs Director Bruce Daniel will be conducting a workshop on "Thinking about Map Design" and presenting to the conference a personal survey of visually rich maps.