April 12, 2012

More Mobile Apps for Exploring New York City

Mobile developers with an eye on New York keep adding so many new products to an already unwieldy collection of iPhone, Android, and tablet apps that it's hard to keep track of them all. The leaders of the pack, though, in terms of quality, tend to be established New York brands, publications, or institutions with a history of providing original and useful content. They know what they're talking about.

Below please find six more useful mobile apps for exploring New York City. Why "more"? This website already has a running list of the best NYC apps. See them on the designated page here (one of the categories at the top of the page below the banner). The apps recommended below have already been added to the page.

MetroFocus by WNET, New York's major public media content provider - we call it "Thirteen," after its TV station - includes news, features, culture stories, weather and transit alerts. Good daily summary of local stories and events. Integrated with Foursquare. Free. Highly recommended.

Explore 9/11 by National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the official 9/11 Memorial application. The app serves as a guide to understanding the events through eyewitness accounts. Includes images, a timeline, a seven-stop walking tour with audio, and an offline mode. Viewer discretion is advised. An additional app explains the arrangement of names on the memorial. Free.

Open Table. New Yorkers know that busy days and times require restaurant reservations. Open Table is the frequent go-to resource for discovering new places or finding tables at favorite neighborhood eateries. Make restaurant reservations through this interactive, location-based map and app. Free.

Time Out New York maintains an extensive list of events and things to do in the city, so the app is particularly useful. Quite frankly, I find their previews and lists so thorough that sometimes I am overwhelmed and must take a nap. When I wake up, the geo-location feature provides a nice survey of what's happening nearby.

NYC City Maps. NYC & Company and CityMaps.com have teamed up to create a business-friendly map with logos for major retailers, hotels, and restaurants. The busy app includes integration with Foursquare and other social applications. Free.

New Yorker Goings On. Surely, readers of this website do not need an introduction to The New Yorker. Perhaps, some of you are even old enough to remember the day when the famous literary magazine did not include photographs. Just so you know, the venerable magazine has been on the forefront of the app world, including this app with event listings and staff recommendations. Free. Highly recommended.

And don't forget - This website is fully mobilized for on-the-go adventures. Just search for "Walking Off the Big Apple" on your phone's browser, and find the simplified mobile version of the posts and pages. The maps are embedded for easy navigation.

1 comment:

kennedysgarage said...

I think you forgot a very important one called Grade Spotter http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grade-spotter/id515154594?ls=1&mt=8