That being said, the truth is, I am frequently finding myself going back to the old version to accomplish specific mapping techniques and searches I was accustomed to on the old version.
One such example is causing a lot of discussion in the Google Maps Help forum. Specifically, the ability to search nearby a location.
I use this to find parking garages near a location in NYC, local food or even other places of businesses nearby. It is a popular feature in Google Maps.
In the old version, you simply plugged in the address or point of interest and there was a link to "search nearby." Here is a screen shot:
In the new version, there is no obvious link. Instead, you need to type in the search box [search nearby address]. Here is an example:
There are also complaints that the results of nearby businesses in the old and new method differ. I am not sure about that but the process is not like the old method.
Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.