New York City is a top destination for people around the world. Every day, people are either moving to NYC, traveling into, touring, or traveling the city. Needless to say, New York City is packed with people. Whether it’s a Sunday morning or a busy Monday, it’s always crowded.
That brings us to the topic of navigating your way around. New York City is like no other. Even if you have lived in another large US city your entire life, it still can be difficult to navigate. In fact, people who have lived there for years still can’t find their way around every area in town.
Don’t be discouraged though, because you are not alone and there are tons of ways to help you get around. Of course, there are always paper maps you can use, but let’s face it, who really has those nowadays?
Let me introduce you to your new best friend: the mobile app. If you have a smartphone, you have used a variety of apps before, such as banking apps, social networking apps, and even games. Apps are an excellent source of navigation in the city. Here are 10 popular apps that can help you navigate around New York City.
You have probably used this app before or at least heard of it. Uber is a cheaper alternative to taxis. In fact, it has become the largest car service in the city – even more so than taxis. This app will help you get to your destination and with complete access, you’ll get to see where you’re going, what route you are going to take and the estimated cost up front.
New York City is known for its food, and there are restaurants everywhere. However, it can be hard to get into the best restaurants in town which is where this app comes in handy. OpenTable allows you to create online reservations, read reviews and even earn points so you can enjoy a discount at your favorite restaurants!
- Time Out New York
If you’re new to the area, it can be hard to find the best spots in town because there are so many things to do. This app lets you check availability for main shows and events. If you want to see how the locals live, this is an excellent app for you. If you are trying to decide between two events, this app will come in handy with its display views.
- Citi Bike
We can learn all about this bike-share app through its tagline: Faster than walking, cheaper than a taxi and way more fun than a subway. People use bikes in the city for all kinds of reasons. Whether its getting to the office every day, sight-seeing around the city or just for fun or exercise, this is a great program for residents and tourists.
CityMapper is the ultimate transportation app. There are tons of ways to get around every part of town including busses, subways, ferry’s, etc. This app is where you can find departure times, full offline maps, and more. It can also help you determine what train to get on if you want the most efficient travel route.
- Sit or Squat
Now this might be something that people do not mention about New York City, but do you know how hard it is to find a clean public restroom? Sit Or Squat is an app that shows you clean public toilets on a map, and it tags them with a green sit icon or a red squat icon. You won’t know how handy this app is until you really have to use the restroom and can’t find a public bathroom!
As a New York City local, you will be using the subway quite often. Running into delays is inevitable, but some days we just don’t have time for it. Moovit helps fight against transportation delays. This app shows updates of service interruptions and offers alternative routes to help you to arrive to your destination on time.
We can’t stress enough how necessary it is to ditch your car when moving to New York City, but should you be so daring as to take a car into the city, this app will save your sanity. Driving can be complicated, but it’s not the main issue in the city when it comes to cars. That’s finding somewhere to park. ParkMe is an app that guides you in the direction of a parking lot. It shows available spots in the area, as well as rates and suggestions. What makes this app so great you may ask? It allows you to book spot prior to your arrival! All you have to do is pay from the app. We all know how frustrating it can be to find an open parking spot just to have someone take it. This app protects the spot!
- Exit Strategy
Lines and crowds can be out of control, smells can be unbearable and sometimes you just need to exit. It can be overwhelming to be completely clueless as to where the nearest exit is. Exit Strategy is an app that shows where the nearest exit is in every subway station. It will make you feel safe, in control and save your nose.
Ever stood on the curb waiting for a taxi to come and everyone gets a cab but you? With this app, you won’t have an issue. CabSenseNYC tells you where to stand in order to call down a cab like a real New Yorker does. This app will make it easier for you to grab a taxi, so you don’t have to wait around all day waving one down.
There you have it! The 10 best apps to help you get around the city. At CityMove, we enjoy helping make New York City newcomers’ transition as easy as possible. Visit our website to learn more about us and how we can make your move to the city a seamless and enjoyable experience.
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