8 Smartphone Apps To Make Your Visit To New York City Easier And More Fun

We all know it as The Big Apple. We’re talking New York, New York here. The place so good they named it twice.

Today the subject is Big Apple apps—and not just apps for Apple devices, we’ll hit some Android apps that will make your trip to New York City way easier and a whole lot more fun. Everything happens faster in NYC, hence the phrase “New York minute,” so having great local information ready to go on your smartphone is a major plus. Let’s get started.

Apps to navigate New York City

NYSubView Pro

Unless you’re coming from Tokyo, there’s a good chance the public transit system in your home doesn’t quite measure up to the size and complexity of the NYC public transportation system. For visitors looking to minimize transportation costs, the subway is the way to go. This free iOS app gives you a map with all the lines and stations. It also includes bus maps. If you want more bells and whistles, iTrans NYC Subway is available for iPhones and iPads at $3.99.

Cab Sense NYC

We’ve probably all seen a movie when heroine gets stuck in Manhattan, it’s raining and she can’t get a cab to pull over. Obviously she didn’t have this iOS and Android app. This app uses data from a variety of sources to find the best corners to hail an open cab. It’s sensitive to the time of day, the day of the week and your current location. There’s even a “time slider” you can use if you want to plan ahead.

Leave the 5 lb. guide book at home

The Best of New York by Baffled By Travel

With great apps like this one, we’ll never need to waste space in our carry-ons with another guide book again. This good looking app covers sights, attractions, arts and entertainment, shopping, and hotels in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. Along with excellent articles there are lots of photos and videos. You can sort by price, location, and even distance from your current location. Free iOS app.

GuidePal: New York City Guide

GuidePal offers guides to cities all around the world. They feature recommendations from locals who give you the skinny on the hidden gems, the must-sees, favorite local hotspots and quirky venues. This free app is available for both Android and iOS devices.

New York: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide

If you can spare 99 cents and prefer a name that has been long established in the travel industry, this iOS app fits the ticket. Shopping, hotels, nightlife, and what to see and do while in NYC are covered in great depth. Offline maps will help keep your data usage under control. There are also excellent audio tours of the editors’ favorite places.

Shop ’til you drop

VanDam NYC ShopSmart

This app uses advanced interactive mapping technology to fly you through the streets of New York City and put you up close and personal to more than 600 stories, from the city’s trendy boutiques to the Meat Market in Manhattan. The maps work with or without a wi-fi signal. This one is a $2.99 iOS app.

Eat your way through NYC


Even if you aren’t traveling to the Big Apple, you’ll want to have this free app on your smartphone or tablet. You can quickly find nearby restaurants on an interactive map, read reviews, get a feel for prices, scan menus and make reservations.

Real Pizza of New York

WARNING: Chicagoans stop reading here. There, now we can talk. NYC’s thin crust pizza is arguably the best in the world. With this iOS app you can get find the top local pizza joints as recommended by the people who know: the locals. You can even use this app to build your own pizza tour or New York City. $3.99 in the iTunes app store.

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