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Finally! You can walk through Prospect Park from the comfort of the Tea Lounge.

The interior of Brooklyn’s backyard, including all of its wooded trails and winding paths, is now appearing in Google Maps new Street View, the latest Google Maps feature that provides street-level panoramic views of roads and places from all over the world.

In the past, that view was limited to streets, but now, Google braniacs have gotten people out from behind the driver’s seat and onto their feet — and, of course, Prospect Park was one of the first places they put boots on the ground.

A Google spokesman told us that interior walks and rides through the parks were taken with a combination of Google’s Street View car; its Street View Trike, which is a three-wheel pedi-cab with a camera system on top; or the Street View Trekker, which is a 40-pound wearable backpack also equipped with a camera system on top.

The Trike is ridden and the Trekker is walked through pedestrian walkways or trails and constantly gathering images of the scenery as they go.

Computer users with an internet connection can now double-click through the massive green space’s many paths click-by-click, but some Prospect Park-goers aren’t so thrilled about the new high-tech way to travel through Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s grassy man-made masterpiece.

“The park is beautiful – why look at it through a computer screen?” asked Jena Battaglia of Park Slope. “Go outside and walk around and see it for yourself.”

The park isn’t the only place in Brooklyn that has been filmed for posterity. Some Brooklyn storefronts and restaurants including Cobble Hill’s Pane e Vino (this reporter’s favorite eatery) and the popular Middle Eastern market Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue are now also featured on Google Street View.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.
Updated 10:15 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

John Wasserman` from Windsor Terrace says:
Now that this has been achieved, here's hoping that Google maps will include useful information such as where the closest bathroom, water fountain, rapist etc...is...Things of this nature. Pardon the interruption.
Oct. 16, 2013, 5:16 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
...And what did I miss today at 4:58pm when I was riding my bicycle through the park? Ovbiously, the posting at 4:58pm today wasn't a true Wasserman, if you don't mind my saying so. Also, and I hate to be the one to say this:
It's one thing to fool around, but it's another thing for a personal attack. Refering to another person as a rapist is not a very nice thing to do. I also consider these impersonations as a true low, even for you, Ty. Having said that, I would like to thank you for reading.
John Wasserman.
Oct. 17, 2013, 4:39 pm
Pete from The Slope says:
Do we have to have gloopy eyes everywhere?

Is nothing sacred?

Oct. 19, 2013, 10:16 am
ChrisC from Park Slope says:
Also the inside of Donuts on 7th Ave is on Streetview.
Oct. 20, 2013, 2:19 pm
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
OtherJohn

I must say, and please excuse this late reply, that I do apologize for the personal attack upon myself by myself. I can assure you/me, in all earnestness, that it was only meant in comedy and not to reflect my/your true feelings toward me/you. And, if you don't mind my saying, I believe I am not Ty, although, and again, excuse the interruption, it does ring true as some might feel this is a tactic of Ty's. Again, carry on and keep bicycling, if you don't mind. And I thank you once again for your continued support and reading.
Oct. 22, 2013, 10:28 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Forgive me for saying that I beggining to think that this was not the best week to switch to Sanka. Thanks for reading. John Wasserman.
Oct. 22, 2013, 11:02 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
And excuse me for saying, but sanka very much for continuing to read. Pardon the interruption.
John Wasserman.
Oct. 24, 2013, 10 am

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