It’s no secret that New York City is full of places to go and things to see. In fact, there’s so much to do that it can be totally overwhelming for tourists. If you want to stop wasting time searching for what to do and how to do it, these 5 apps will help you get around the City quickly.
The Central Park Conservancy has released an official app stuffed to the brim with everything you need to make your day in Central Park even better. The app has an interactive map that can tell you everything from the nearest famous landmark, to where to get ice cream, to where the closest bathroom is.
It also includes a comprehensive calendar with park events, tours, concerts, and festivals, so you’ll never be caught with nothing to do. If you want a little extra history lesson, the Central Park app includes over 20 unique audio tours of its landmarks with celebrity voices including Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, and Martha Stewart.
This FREE app is a must-have for getting around NYC. The Citymapper website and app for iOS and Android has real-time arrival and departure information for the 1,2,3,4,5,6 and Times Square Shuttle and accurate timetables for the rest of the NYC Subway lines and buses.
It also has service alerts and detailed instructions for transfers and other inter-station travel, all of which are available in an offline mode that you can use while traversing underground.
Refill My Metrocard / Metroptimizer
Many tourists and locals alike have an ever-growing pile of Metrocards with a couple cents on them. With the 5% MTA bonus, getting rid of extra cards can feel like a waste.
Refill My Metrocard is a free app for Android that calculates exactly how much money you need to add, eliminating that annoying leftover balance.
Metroptimizer does the exact same thing on your iPhones.
It can be hard to navigate the world of NYC’s over 24,000 restaurants and eateries, but OpenTable makes it a whole lot easier. OpenTable is mostly known for its ability to make reservations, but it also comes with a robust search engine.
You can search for restaurants by party-size, date, time, cuisine, price, or distance all from the comfort of the app for both iOS and Android. It also allows you to send OpenTable invites to friends so they can mark it in their calendars.
If you want to see a Broadway show but aren’t looking to spend too much money, the TKTS app for iOS or Android is a must have. It provides listings of all the shows available at the TKTS booths including Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and dance and music events all over the city.
The app has up-to-the-minute updates directly from the TKTS booths in Times Square, South Street Seaport, and Downtown Brooklyn so you don’t have to stand in the blistering heat or freezing cold to get your tickets.
Figuring out how to get around New York can be a time-consuming hassle. Whether you’re figuring out the fastest way to get to a dinner reservation, or you just want to figure out what Broadway show to see next, these 5 apps will help you navigate the world’s largest subway system as well as NYC’s unique bustling social scene on your visit.