The NY Times has an article and a series of photographs on the effort by New York City to collect LiDAR data.
The data will be used, among other things, to create up-to-date maps of the areas most prone to flooding, the buildings best suited for the installation of solar power and the neighborhoods most in need of trees.
If you happen to be in New York City, catch the New York Public Library’s exhibit on “Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609 – 2009“. The exhibit runs until June 26, 2010.
Inspired by The New York Public Library’s collection of Dutch, English, and early American mapping of the Atlantic Coastal regions, this exhibition exemplifies the best early and growing knowledge of the unknown shores along our neighboring rivers, bays, sounds, and harbors.
If you can’t make it in person, you can check out their Mapping New York’s Shoreline, 1609-2009 multimedia online which highlights some flyovers of the Hudson River and also has some behind the scenes videos. (Tip from reader Carmen)