Ever since I moved to the New York City Google office I've had an agenda: exploring the best the city has to offer like so many other New Yorkers do. Sometimes this can be an overwhelming experience, since the city has more than 18,000 food vendors according to nycvisit.com!
Fortunately, finding the best places just became a lot easier with the addition of user ratings and neighborhood refinements to Google Maps. Now when your search has a wide variety of interesting results, you'll get the opportunity to hone in on that midtown-east bakery with the delectable bagels or find some really great flowers in Chelsea. If you are visiting and can't make up your mind on where to stay, you can even get the best hotels in two different neighborhoods at the same time. All you have to do is look for the "Refine by" link, click on a neighborhood or user rating, and the new results will appear immediately.
New York doesn't have the monopoly on good neighborhoods, of course. Next time I visit the rest of the Maps team in Mountain View, CA or in the Seattle area, I'll use refinements to find a cool bar or some good downtown seafood. So, find the best of what your own neighborhood has to offer, and enjoy!
This layer was developed to share information about the South China Sea Project with the Google Earth community. It is also being used as a tool for sharing geographical information and data among scientists and managers from seven countries bordering the South China Sea.According to the Project Director, Dr. John Pernetta, this KML provides "an overview of the regional network of government ministries and departments, research institutes, and universities involved in the implementation of project activities; the project’s suite of habitat demonstration sites and pilot activities bordering the South China Sea basin; and information and data for 135 mangrove, coral reef, seagrass, and wetlands sites of the South China Sea studied during the project."
By providing rich information in the description bubbles, this KML uses Google Earth as the geographical search engine to provide an in-depth analysis of the South China Sea. This layer is a great example of how to connect with a wide audience. We encourage you to explore it in the Google Earth Outreach Showcase, and get a feel for the beauty and importance of this region.