written by Anna Wright
Greetings GCGers! This is the debut of a column dedicated to tourism within the Great Canadian Grid. I’ll be exploring our local regions, marveling at builds, taking pictures and maybe even taking in some local events associated with those regions. This is going to be the best job ever! If you have a place you run that you’d like me to visit and write about, feel free to IM me about it!
Harlem, The Bronx, Upstate New York, Central New York, Hudson Valley, Palisades and Hudson Bay. The scope of the project has amazing detail. There is even the For my first assignment, I really wanted to explore somewhere I hadn’t been before in the grid. I decided upon the New York regions by Jahman Ochs. I’ve been admiring his pictures from his Facebook posts but had never gotten around to taking a look in person/avatar. Ochs is a New Yorker, journalist /videographer, musician, DJ and a software programmer. He describes himself as an “intermediate builder/architect” in his profile. Looking at the New York regions, I would say the word “intermediate” is a very modest perspective. The series of 11 connected regions encompassing the New York build are Downtown, Greenwich Village, Midtown, Uptown, infrastructure for a subway system that connects region to region.
Ochs lists the bulk of his projects as being in the beta stage but both there is enough completed here to really get a feel for New York. When you stand in Washington Square Park in his Greenwich Village and look around you can imagine the hustle and bustle of the real Big Apple. In that section you can also find his club; The Bottom Line Cabaret where he sometimes DJs and/or performs. The Bottom Line Cabaret is a tribute to the famous RL Bottom Line Cabaret which sadly closed its doors in 2004. The RL club was a fixture for 30 years and its goal was “to create a Music Room not a jazz, rock or folk club but a venue where many different genres could find an audience.” The virtual incarnation began in SL in 2007 and it now graces The Great Canadian Grid so we get to enjoy it here. It is the project in Och’s profile picks listed not as beta but as “released.” There’s a stream playing all the time. Enjoy in some music if you’re so inclined to have an authentic New York club experience!
I’m going to mention a few of the key features that exist so far in this beta stage of the New York regions. The Hudson Bay region hosts a model mesh Statue of Liberty and you can actually climb up to the look out below her. A bowling alley called Liberty Lanes beckons tourists in the Greenwich Village region and it looks like it is in the process of becoming a scripted game. Across from the bowling alley is a fantastically detailed cinema. The overall attention to detail and the infrastructure is wonderful. There are traffic lights and street signs and fire escapes galore. These are things that just make a region so much more realistic. Och’s is in the process of creating Times Square, complete with the big video screens and a rolling digital newsreel. The Midtown region has the iconic Empire State Building where again you can go up to the top. This is a must for real and virtual New York tourism. Just down the street you can wander into the Museum of Modern Art.
Jahman Ochs has already created a marvel and there is more to follow. I recommend a visit to his very accurate New York and be sure to landmark it so you can peek back in for further progress. Happy travels!