Our fair city can sometimes be tough to navigate–even for natives. Luckily, there are some handy apps that can help steer you in the right direction.
New York City Compass: Directionally challenged? Help is readily available via this free iPhone and iPad app. Find out if you’re going uptown, downtown, east or west. No more slogging in the rain seven blocks in the wrong direction before realizing your mistake!
iTrans NYC Subway can show you the fastest route between any two New York city subway stations. For $3.99, your iPhone or iPad can give you detailed maps and walking instructions, along with an estimate of the time you’ll spend on the train. And it works underground!
While iTrans NYC Subway does account for service adjustments, the Weekender is the official guide by the MTA for getting around during all the inevitable, crazy schedule changes on the weekend. Free for the iPad, iPhone and Android.
Every Type A New Yorker tries to mentally calculate which subway door will bring her closest to the exit at each station. (Right? I mean, it’s just not me, is it?) Exit Strategy NYC can be downloaded (at different price points) onto your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry–even your Kindle. Subway maps, NYC street maps, bus maps, plus that awesome detailed subway station info.
CabSense: You need a taxi–pronto, but there are none to be had. Should you walk to Sixth Avenue or Seventh? What about Greenwich? CabSense is a free app for iPhones and Androids that points you in the direction of the spot where you will have the best chance of snagging a taxi. Each corner is rated for the chance of hailing a cab at that particular time of day or night–from a high of 5 stars to a low of 1/2. Plus, if you’re in a part of town devoid of yellow cabs, the app will display the number of a call-for-hire car service.
Hope this helps everyone to get around!