Like all big metropolises, NYC is a lot more manageable with the right insider tips, tricks, and information. Fortunately, these days such information is only a tap away; from food delivery to hailing a taxi, these apps can make your life in the Big Apple easier and more enjoyable.
The following are 17 indispensable apps for getting the most out of NYC—whether you’re a local or visitor.
PadMapper is an apartment search engine/web and smartphone app that turns apartment listings into plot points on a map. The free smartphone app is especially popular with New Yorkers and has seen over 100,000 downloads to date.
Embark is an easy-to-use app for optimizing travel routes between locations. You simply set your start and end points on the map and the app will generate a the best travel route in seconds.
Compass integrates real-time sales and rental listings with its map-based home finder. The app is integrated with an agent database for getting professional expertise and knowledge of the NYC housing scene.
Maple is a food ordering app that allows you order and schedule food deliveries from some of the best restaurants in the City. The company works with some of the finest chefs in NYC to deliver quality dishes to customers within 30 minutes upon ordering.
Ever get stuck in a busy train upon arriving at your stop? Exit Strategy shows you the best place to stand on the subway platform to facilitate an easy exit later.
Gett is a transportation app that allows you to book a car at your convenience. The service is purportedly more cost-effective than Uber.
This app provides the exact location of the desired bus and alerts you of better options, if any.
ParkMe is a convenient app for finding a place to park your car in the City. It displays nearby options, pricing, and allows you to reserve a space directly from the app.
Flavour offers a sophisticated restaurant and bar finder for jaded Yelpers and the like. The app also displays reviews from trusted sources like The New York Times, among others.
The East River Ferry offers the fastest service for connecting Manhattan with other areas such as Governors Island, Brooklyn, and Queens. Its app enables customers to buy etickets directly from the NY Waterway and features other resources like route maps and schedules.
Food trucks are all the rage in NYC, and NYCTruckFood is the City’s premiere truck food tracker. The app also offers coupons/specials, interviews, truck reviews, merchandise, and more.
This GPS-powered app features maps, photos, and event listings for Central Park. It will notify you with an alert when a landmark is approached or in the vicinity.
This app gives New Yorkers and visitors an easy way to locate condoms around the city. A program of the City’s health department, NYC Condom Finder is a ground-breaking initiative for improving public health with mobile technology.
This app gives shoppers the ability to easily identify NYC stores with new sales, promotions, and samples available. It alerts you whenever you are in proximity of a shop with such deals.
This app comes in handy when you’ve got the NYC subway blues. It allows you to book a cab based on your location and gives you a spread of nearby cars for hire.
As its name implies, DogParkFinder helps NYC dog owners find the right places to go with their canine friends.
Last but not least, The New York City Pass is an app and service that gives both New Yorkers and visitors a planning tool and comprehensive guide to everything happening in the City.
NYC may be the best city in the world, but it isn’t exactly the most user-friendly. Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, these 17 apps can help to make your time in the Big Apple less frustrating and more enjoyable.