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Virtual Lower East Side New York: MTV’s Virtual World – A Glimpse of a Populated Virtual Earth?

By January 28, 2008 2 Comments

vLES or Virtual Lower East Side is a replica of the area in New York City created by MTV.

Of note is the starting point from Google Earth into the Virtual World – perhaps a glimpse of how a ‘Second Earth’ would look and operate?

The movie below provides an insight into vLES:

You can find out more and download the software at


Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  • steve says:

    I swear that Second Life dancing makes me want to find everyone pressing those buttons and kill them slowly and painfully. I want to dance my hobnailed boots into their avatars, as they flail around in disintegrating bits and bytes.

  • Andy says:

    We have to admit that movies from Second Life that include dancing do make our toes curl – and thats the majority of them to be honest.

    However this is an MTV based system so dancing avatars, music and MTV do seem to go hand in hand, i think in this case the dancing can be excused.