New York City one of the top tourist destinations in the world; there is so much to see and do, but for those who are not used to the big city, it can feel like a minefield. It's easy to fall into the trap of limiting yourself to the main attractions, but New York has so much to offer and with the help of your phone you can have the confidence to go further and see more.
Below are five apps that will help you experience New York as a true New York HEY! I'm bloggin here!
This is probably the most important app for every New York tourist. Nobody wants to pay an excessive amount for a taxi, and nobody drives in New York: there is too much traffic! The metro is the easiest way to cross the city, and while you could do the typical tourist thing, you can use one of those annoyingly large maps of the map that are never blown up again, or you can download an easy-to-use map to your phone. The app also includes a route planner, so you don't even have to figure out how to get from your hotel to the central park, because it's all done for you.
If you want more than just visiting all the popular tourist hotspots and feel like a real New Yorker instead, Downtown NYC is perfect. The app is a great source of information about a series of events in the city, including everything from a charity fundraiser, a theme night in a restaurant, to a silent disco in the museum. The app also offers users discounts on selected events.
A big part of New York is the food and to really experience this as a local experience, you have to move away from the big chains in Times Square and delve into the local eateries. For a first time tourist in New York this can feel like a minefield and Open Table is there to help you. You can easily search based on the type of cuisine you are looking for and then read reviews from other tourists. What sets this apart from similar apps is that you can book directly from the app and don't have to wait in line for a table after a long day of sightseeing.
No trip to New York is really complete without watching a Broadway show, but it is not always easy to get last-minute tickets without paying a high price. TodayTix solved that problem, allowing users to book last-minute tickets, even up to an hour before the show starts. The app offers incredible prizes and even a lottery system with the chance of an even bigger discount.
After a long day of sightseeing, all you want to do is drink in a real New York bar, but you missed the happy hour. Don't worry, Happy understands that it can be difficult to set restrictive happy hours in your busy day. Happy works with bars in the city to offer users their own personal happy hour. The app shows all participating bars on an easy-to-view map, all you have to do is go there and enjoy the cheap drinks for an hour.
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