Now, when you browse or search Google Maps for a specific area, Google will return a link to "search nearby" and clicking it will give you the ability to search for a specific keyword nearby that location. So parking, pizza, gas and so on.
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Google announced this on Google+ and said:
Looking for a bookstore by your work? You can now easily search for places nearby a location in a few ways using the new #GoogleMaps for desktop.
Forum discussion at Google+.