January 24, 2009

Google Maps misplaces NYC neighborhood

A Google glitch is giving drivers trying to reach a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Staten Island directions to the upstate city of Schenectady.

Google has placed the 10308 zip code, the one for the Great Kills section, in Schenectady, which lies a few miles west of Albany about three hours up the Hudson River, the New York Daily News reports. So anyone trying to get to Great Kills and seeking driving directions from Google is being sent north.

It ought to be fixed, because if somebody does do that they're in for a heck of a ride, said Councilman Vince Ignizio, a Republican representing Staten Island. I don't think it's a personal attack on my community. I just pray to God nobody actually took that trip.

Andrew Plaitis, owner of Andrew's Diner in Great Kills, is grateful for Staten Island's insularity.

This is a neighborhood place, everybody knows who we are, he said.