Microsoft throws itself hard into the local maps game today with their WLL site-- pretty similar to maps.google.com, but with a great "Birds Eye View" layer-- close-up pictures taken from either a helicopter or a very good satellite. The map is kind of cludgey to use-- the controls are overly complex, and the drag map function doesn't seem to work that great. Still, you can't beat these closeups-- check out the detail in the shot above, of the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx. And after the jump, shots of Coney Island, The Unisphere in Queens, and Washington Square Park (you can even see tiny little drug dealers!) Can you spot any other fun locations on the map? Put the permalinks in the comments!