Smartphones have virtually become ubiquitous among New Yorkers these days, and there seems to be an app for pretty much everything. With so many options out there, here are 10 essential apps that will make life easier in New York City, from how to exit the most efficiently, getting virtually anything delivered, finding coffee +Wifi together, making hard to get restaurant reservations and more.
We’re excited to announce our new partnership with the neighborhood discovery app, Foursquare. We’ve been creating popular lists on Foursquare for several years now, with our lists saved by some of the app’s 50 million users over 48,000 times. Some of the most popular include our Abandoned New York City list and our NYC Hidden Bars and Restaurants list. In recent weeks, the Foursquare team has been updating our popular lists and adding new ones, like In Tribute: 5 Iconic David Bowie NYC Places and 14 of NYC’s One Food Wonders.
A sample of the mapmaking needed for the game. Image via Technical.ly
From Candy Crush to Temple Run and Trivia Crack, entertainment-seekers have a wide variety of apps at their disposal. New York City history buffs will be pleased at the addition of another innovative app, one that creates both an enjoyable and educational experience for users: Brooklyn 1776. As recently seen on Technical.ly, Creative Good just launched the app,which allows players to relive the American Revolution by fighting in the Battle of Brooklyn.
Popular Pays is an app that rewards Instagram users with free perks for taking photographs of participating businesses, with locations unlocked based on the number of Instagram followers. Started in Chicago, the app just starting releasing locations in New York City. For now, the early partners are mostly coffee shops like Toby’s Estate Coffee, Joe Coffee, Intellegentsia and Bluestone Lane Coffee (some spots featured on our Top 10 Coffee Shops for Design Buffs in Brooklyn list), where you can get a free cup of coffee with an Instagram from the spot, as long as you have 500 followers. At Spyglass Rooftop Bar atop Archer New York Hotel, get a free specialty coffee with a photo and 3,000 followers.
The soothing, familiar voices of the hosts on NPR–Brian Lehrer, Amy Eddings of All Things Considered, Sotorious Johnson, Manoush Zomorodi–take on “How to Speak New York” in this fun web tool developed by the WNYC Data News Team. And the melting pot that New York (and New Jersey) are means there are some difficult words like “Kosciuszko Bridge” and “Spuyten Duyvil” and “Zabar’s.” We’ve added some fun Untapped facts to their picks.
Did you know that New York City has over 1,900 parks? And 1/5 of the city’s land is devoted to green space. But with parks under so many different jurisdictions, ranging from city, state, national to private, it can be tricky figuring out what park is the right one for your particular adventure, especially if you’re not headed to one of the big dogs like Central Park or Prospect Park. One of the grand prize winners of this year’s NYC BigApps competition is Explore NYC Parks, an app and website developed by a 26-year old developer to solve just that.