|Empire State Building|
|View from "Top of the Rock"|
I found a Google sketchup model of Manhattan and using OBJexporter, exported the model to an OBJ file.
|Sketchup 3d model of Manhattan|
To give a scale of how massive this model is, previously the most complicated model I had produced in Minecraft was of a girls head, that took about 3 minutes to render, this took 1 hour 25 minutes, and that was after I had already cleared a suitably large area! The Pi took it all in its stride though and while it took a long time, there were no errors or glitches.
The model is pre 9/11, so the iconic Twin Towers still dominate the skyline.
I have updated my program to include the new york model, which you can download direct from git-hub, so run minecraft, open/create a world and follow the instructions:
If you want to know more about how this works and have a go yourself, head to this post, http://www.stuffaboutcode.com/2013/03/minecraft-pi-edition-create-massive-3d.html.