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This is so awesome. And the funny thing is, Rockstar still uses real life business or at least pictures of them to this day.

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On 3/23/2018 at 12:09 AM, Glumok said:

And finally, this random "Coffee Shop Bar" neon sign.

 

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Unfortunately, that coffee shop at Union Square closed last year. The building still exists, but we're no longer able to see the COFFEE signboard.

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On 12/21/2019 at 7:49 AM, Leone_Son said:

Unfortunately, that coffee shop at Union Square closed last year. The building still exists, but we're no longer able to see the COFFEE signboard.

Really? That's sad.

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Can anybody reupload pics from the first post? Thanks.

 

To add, I never knew that all those places are real. It's awesome to find out!

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52 minutes ago, Jacek_K said:

Can anybody reupload pics from the first post? Thanks.

 

To add, I never knew that all those places are real. It's awesome to find out!

Yeah, I've been meaning to get new pictures for ages. Sorry about that.

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37 minutes ago, LeakyLine said:

This is done in San Andreas as well.

 

 

Speaking of SA, you know the valet location in San Fierro? Well if you look at the windows, you can see a persons reflection taking a picture of the window.

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10 hours ago, Duhillestpunk said:

Speaking of SA, you know the valet location in San Fierro? Well if you look at the windows, you can see a persons reflection taking a picture of the window.

San Andreas is a pretty bad culprit. Some of the buildings in Los Santos have straight out of 2004 cars in the reflections.

signature? i hardly knew her

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27 minutes ago, LeakyLine said:

San Andreas is a pretty bad culprit. Some of the buildings in Los Santos have straight out of 2004 cars in the reflections.

Really? Damn I’ve never noticed. I’ll have to look carefully next time I play.

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I noticed something when watching Motherless Brooklyn last night. 74 Henry Street Brooklyn. Crazy some of these signs are still up 20 years later.

 

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Downtown shop windows
Real-life windows on 379 Broadway, New York, NY 10018

 

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Bellisimo Store front and sign in GTAIII

 

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Bellisimo in GTAIII Definitive Edition

 

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Real-life Bellisimo Hair Spa (Not Restaurant or Ristorante) address 223 Mott St, New York, NY.

 

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Mei Lin Construction Inc. Sign

 

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Real-life Mei Lin Construction Inc. (then J&K Construction MGMT Inc.) on 83 Hester St.

 

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Proof of address: Here, Here and Here

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(MLT Jewelry) [Thunco] Trading Inc.

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Was only able to figure out this one due to the address still present on the original texture, 185 Centre St., which was occupied at the time by a business known as MLT Jewelry Trading Co. Inc., and has since renamed itself to New Top Jewelry.

 

 

I found the actual business that Thunco Trading Inc. is based on, and it's called "Hunco Trading Inc."

Apparently, it was one of the previous businesses before MLT Jewelry (which was the same business as New Top Jewelry and was later renamed to just New Top Jewelry).

MTL Jewelry & New Top Jewelry (Google Maps 2012):

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1. Storefront picture source

2. Page listing businesses in 185 Centre Street, New York

3. Page about Hunco Trading Inc business (in Chinese)

4. Page about Hunco Trading Inc business (newyork-company.com)

5. Page about Hunco Trading Inc business (opencorporates.com)

The sources say that the business is still active, maybe it just changed the name over the years? Not sure and I didn't look into it that deep.

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West 109 Gourmet Deli

990 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

 

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Classic Nails The perfect mani-cure (This building from GTAIII appears in GTA San Andreas in Liberty City interior but can't be seen without cheats, noclip and any other tricks)

787 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

 

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Liberty Bagel Deli free delivery from GTAIII - 876 Market Deli (and door with travel ads on left side) - former real Liberty Bagel Deli with Classy Nails & Spa

876 6th Ave, New York, NY 10001

 

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Sunshine Plumbing Disributor 

122 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002, Соединенные Штаты

 

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Indoor Outdoor Flooring Supplies

105 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

 

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H&W Seafood Co. Inc.

17 Ludlow St # 2, New York, NY 10002
 

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Ting Fu Garden Hunan Czechuan Cuisine sign

22 Pell St B, New York, NY 10013

 

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Not a business per say, but a real life source nonetheless.

 

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This graff is split into 3 images in the txd, I recombined them and did a reverse image search to no avail.

 

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Given that it's the 20th century and AI is a thing, I hit it with an upscale.

 

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Upscaling it was enough to get a result from the graffiti.org art crimes archive of a piece by Abu located in Fresno, California with the picture taken in 1995.

 

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Had a crack at some of the other graff in the game but no luck so far, will continue again later - AI could definitely be useful for people like @Mehaniq :)

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Sourced another. Piece by Rume, 1994, again from Fresno.

 

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7 hours ago, Blaze said:

Not a business per say, but a real life source nonetheless

Hello, Blaze.

Its images from graffiti.org Art Crimes old website. We found it but its not all graffiti from gta in this website. I'll post it later. Photographer of your this photos is Brertt Webb. I talk with him in 2021 and it says that Rockstars use his photos totally without permission
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Damn, good work finding the bottom one! What stands out to me is that it's clearly some work by Keith Haring alongside Daze, and a quick Google search reveals:

 

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This was painted at the Bowery Wall in New York, 1983. It later became a legal wall and featured many different murals over the years. Address would be 76 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012, USA. Kinda crazy to me that there's work by both Haring and Daze in III, no matter how low quality the texture is, and even crazier to find the source image AND a picture of it being painted.

 

https://upmag.com/bowery-wall/

 

I'm curious if you had any luck with some of the other graffiti in the game? From what I can tell, some of it was indeed sourced from graffiti.org's Art Crime section, but others seem to be very hard to find a source - particular the ones with a the texture being named tag_gaz1, tag_gaz2 etc.

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