I’m all for being independent and not relying on technology, but you know what? Sometimes a girl just needs her iPhone. If you’ve got your phone attached to your hand at all times then listen up, this post is for you. I’ve done some digging and rounded up the best and most vital apps for living in and visiting NYC. You won’t want to go another day without these guys – the best apps for navigating New York are guaranteed to make your life a whole lot simpler.
I never, ever visit a restaurant without scoping it out on Yelp. To get the best mobile experience, downloading the app is a must. If you’re unfamiliar, it gives you customer reviews which often include tips about the service and great food recommendations. Plus, it’s easy to search for a place nearby if you’re on the app – it’s the best and simplest way to find a great meal or quick drink somewhere within a few blocks.
A friend of mine introduced me to this app and it’s amazing! Within the app you have a home feed, which lists various NYC-centric stories, like the Best Bars for Every Mood or Where to Eat This Weekend. But that’s not the best part of the app. It tells you what’s nearby to your current location, making finding new bars and restaurants a piece of cake and also allows you to create to-do lists to share with friends. These lists can be anything from Where to Eat Brunch to What Beaches to Visit – you can customize them to your heart’s content. Friends can contribute and add content, making it the perfect solution to replace that group Facebook chat you have with your friends for where to brunch next weekend.
Like I’ve said before many times, the print edition of Time Out magazine is my weekly Bible. It’s the best place to scope out events around town, new restaurant reviews and info about various shows, concerts and movies. Their app is the best of their weekly content combined with the evergreen lists from their website. Download it now so you’re always in the know.
Central Park can be a confusing place. Are you in Sheep Meadow or the Great Lawn? You’ll never have to wonder again with the free Central Park app. With a map, search function and list of events, this handy app consolidates all of the Central Park info you’ve been looking for in one place. They’ve even got celebrity audio tours, where various celebs will walk you through their favorite spots.
This app by the Downtown Alliance is the official app of the Downtown Culture Pass. For only $25 this will get you entrance and discounts into a ton of tourist attractions like the 9/11 Memorial, water taxi rides and the Anne Frank Center. Use it to save a few bucks if you’re looking to visit multiple of their included locations.
This one app combines over 50 other apps into one, offering info about street vendors, grocery stores and tourist attractions. This free app will effortlessly help you navigate the city like a pro without ever pulling out a map or asking for advice.
Audio Tour Apps
Though this isn’t just one specific app, a lot of free attractions around the city have individual apps you can download for free audio tours. Some examples include Grand Central Terminal and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.