Its hard to get excited nowadays about a new 3D city model that is not either part of Google Earth or Microsoft's Virtual Earth. In many ways kml has become the standard language for web based 3D. So we were expecting not to be impressed by UpNext a newly launched 3D version of New York running in a web browser via Java.
The emphasis from UpNext is on both search and social networking services via the cityscape - as such its very much local user based - as their tag line explains with 'What's UpNext in Your City?'.
The movie below provides a flavour of the model and functionality:
Its refreshing to see a new approach, while navigation is slightly quirky its well worth a look.
Thanks to PSFK.com for the initial article.
UpNext - 3D Manhattan.