Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spotlight: Little Italy

One of the basic ideas behind this project is to create a city as close to it's real life counterpart as possible - this means that there will of course be different districts/neighborhoods.

One of the most famous districts of New York is for sure Little Italy, a rather small neighborhood on Mulberry Street and Grand Street.  It features italian restaurants, caf├ęs, grocery stores and much more for your sims to discover.

A crossing between Little Italy and Chinatown

Be sure to grab a dish of spaghetti when you pass by!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Good Morning New York!

A quick snapshoot, which shows the first results of my ability to add lights to deco buildings.
Sorry for the poor qualitiy, but it was taken directly from CAW. None the less,  I was really impressed by the picture and thought I could share this one with you!

More to come...

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Let there be light

Today, I finally found a way to make buildings light up at night, just like the Late-Night-appartments do! This exciting discovery opens up new ways to create an even more immerse urban environment.
Normally, only lots are illuminated at night, if you have lamps or other light sources on them. Any kind of deco building is not and remains dark and abandoned.

I spent quite a lot of time to search the net for a solution on how to make my deco buildings illuminated at night. A conversion of the Do-it-yourself-billboard from couldwalkersims was the breakthrough. Thanks a lot for that!
Here is a linkt to the website: -->

From my research, I know that a lot of people were trying to find a way on how to do this, so I will write a tutorial and post it here in the near future (As far as I know, the only one who could do illuminated deco buildings at present was LunaSimsLuna
[], who did the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, but never shared her knowledge with us).

Right now, I have done some windows that illuminate at night, which looks much better than the whole building itself being lighted.

But that is for sure only the beginning. Imagine Times Square and all the adverts being bright as daylight even during the early morning hours.
Those are pictures of some illuminated adverts I did this evening. They look great during night time, don't they?

I am looking forward to be able to make the city that never sleeps finally wake up at night!


Monday, June 10, 2013

The Big Apple slowly awakes...

As the project grows, I decided to start a > gallery < to provide you with some pictures of the city as it currently looks. Be sure to check it regularly as there will hopefully be many updates.

I have also started to spread the project over the internet by making posts in some communities concerned with the Sims 3 and I welcome all of you to do alike, in order to inform people what's going on here.

As always, I would appreciate any kind of feedback about the current status as well as all your wishes, hints or anything alike concerning the Big Apple Project.

Best Regards