New York City has emerged as a key center for the development of mobile apps, with the technology fitting right in with a city renowned for its bustling business environment. New York is an ideal environment for utilizing modern technology to its fullest and there are many mobile apps relevant to living in or even just visiting the city itself:
Navigating the city: visitors, business travelers and even locals will appreciate the multitude of apps available for helping them negotiate the streets of New York City. A great app to download is CabSenseNYC, which utilizes data from the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, as well as other information providers, to give lists of the best street corners near where users are for hailing a taxi as well as what the best times are to hail a cab from a particular location. A nice feature of this app is its “cab hailer”: when users shake their phone, it will whistle and start displaying a flashing message.
Subway users will appreciate Embark NYC Subway, which provides information on where the train they want to catch is and its arrival time. The app works even without a cell phone signal and is useful as a trip planner because it offers schedule updates using service-change and advisory information.
The Attractions: Tourism is a huge part of the economy in New York City and as well as benefiting visitors to the city, tourism apps are great for business too because they help tourists to get to all of the key spots. The Central Park app is, as its name implies, a guide to the city’s leading park, with detailed information provided courtesy of the Central Park Conservancy, including a history of the park and updates on concerts being held there. An interactive map also features on the app.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has developed Explore 9/11, an app providing information on and insight into the September 11 terrorist attacks. Users can use the app to scan a timeline of events that unfolded that day or they can go on a walking tour of the area around the World Trade Center site, with audio-visual narration and first-hand accounts to hear as they walk. A great feature of this particular app is the augmented reality mode, in which images taken on the day by witnesses and survivors are overlaid on an iPhone’s camera view.
Culture: part of what makes New York City so appealing to those who visit is its museums, art galleries and other cultural attractions. The mobile app sector has responded to this with a whole series of apps dedicated to the city’s cultural sights.
The Broadway.org app allows users to browse information relating to current and future productions on Broadway, including curtain times and prices of tickets. There is also information on restaurants and hotels in the city’s world famous Theater District.
The CultureNOW: Guidebook for the Museum Without Walls app is a showcase for the city’s public works of art, of which there is a vast number on New York’s streets. Information provided relates to individual pieces and the artists behind them as well as area tours.
Dining out: Eating out is big business in New York City, with approximately 24,000 restaurants and other eating establishments in the five boroughs. The choice for visitors and residents alike is huge so mobile apps can help diners to determine where and what they eat.
Menu Pages allows users to browse restaurants and menus according to cuisine type, prices, and location. There is also a feature for downloading download delivery menus.
Real Pizza of New York is an app that takes into account the city’s reputation for great pizza, with recommendations and a history of some of New York’s famous pizza joints.
Of course, as befits a city at the heart of national and global commercial activity, New York is finding itself at the fore of mobile app development as well. The Amazon Web Services 2014 Summit was held in New York City and much of the talk there was about mobile app development, reflecting the growth of that sector in the city. From its location in the heart of Manhattan, Worry Free Labs is one of those companies working to create a vibrant mobile app sector in New York City. Worry Free Labs services include the design and development of custom mobile and internet-based platform solutions as well as applications for both established brands and start-up enterprises.