Whether you live in NYC, planning to move or to make a short visit, there are plenty of local apps that can help you plan your trip or your night out, find a parking space or an apartment. Here are some of our recommended local apps for New Yorkers and tourists.
A NYC tourist guide created by local experts, GuidePal app guides you to stay away from tourist traps and experience the city like a true New Yorker. The app features an offline map and tried and tested recommendations on hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. Available for iPhone, iPad, android phones and Windows 8.
One of the most comprehensive New York City apps, composed of over 50 sub-apps, which will help you find your way in NYC: from subway schedule to nearby wi-fi spots, weather forecast and waste disposal sites, and, of course, restaurants, coffee shops, sports and recreation centers, making the app useful for locals as well as for tourists. The free app is available for both iOS and Android phones.
NYC Arts & Nightlife Apps
As it full name suggests – Find Events in NYC & Brooklyn – Free, Date Night, Foodie, Bars, Movies, Nightlife, Restaurant Openings, Tech, Art, Live Music for Today or the Weekend (New York City) – Stash organizes the abundance of NYC events and places of interest and helps you select the most recommended events by interests, date or location. You can easily add the chosen events to your calendar and share them with your friends. Available for free on iTunes.
This app covers and organizes NYC art and design events by neighborhoods, media and popularity. It features a GPS, map and directions. The app costs $1.99 and it is available for Apple and Android phones.
NYC Parking Apps
Parking in NYC has always been a difficult challenge, but luckily now there are plenty of apps that help you find a place to park. So, if you are renting a car in NYC or driving your private vehicle, you must download those apps:
Parkme Parking – an award winning app that helps you find and reserve the closest, cheapest available parking space in the area. Available for free for iPhone, iPad and Android phones.
iSpot Swaps – this app tracks the cars activity in parking spaces and notifies you when a desirable parking spot is set free. The app also lets you tag spots and mark the expected parking time, helping other drivers to plan their future parking.
BestParking – an essential app for car owners and renters in NYC. Providing full information about parking lots in the city, prices, availability and more, the app is available for Apple and Android phones.
Driving in NYC
Dash in a combination of a driving app and a hardware device, connecting your car to the smartphone for a safe and cost-effective driving. Dash also includes social, game-style features and it provides real-time data about the car performance. The app costs $10 and it currently available only on Android phones.
NYC Apartment Hunting
This app helps you find apartments in NYC on the go. It uses a GPS-based search to locate current listing and it includes map and direction features. The app displays the contact details of the property owners or its representatives so you can contact them directly using phone or email. There are even social features, allowing you to share the apartment details and photos with Facebook friends. Its main downside is that it usually includes listings of relatively expensive apartments. Available for free for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android.