There's an App For That
Thank God for technology. It's been really helpful in learning to navigate this city. Of course, google maps has been a godsend in helping me walk the town, but there are many other useful apps, a few of which I have listed below:
- FOR YOUR SUBWAY NEEDS- Hopstop. It tells you how to get to the nearest sub station and which train to take to get to your desired destination. It also tells you your eta, including walking time. Beware, though. This is only an estimate. And since it's always good to have a back-up app for such things, there's also Embark NYC. Embark has a better alert system in case of changes to service, but I personally prefer Hopstop.
- FOR YOUR THEATRE TICKET NEEDS- TKTS. This app connects to the ticket booths around town (there are three) that can get you discounts to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. They are usually (although not always) 50% off. But be warned, the discount is off the best seats available. SO if tickets are $160, you will pay around 80, with a service fee. Which is still a good deal, but if you are looking for nosebleed seats, they are not here. There's also Today Tix , which offers more seating options and lists the lowest priced tickets available as well as some better seats for a slighter hefty price.
- FOR YOUR FOOD DELIVERY NEEDS- Because this is New York, tons of restaurants offer free delivery, and of course there are a couple of apps that will tell you what's in the area (you can also search for specifics) and allow you to place and pay for your order through the app. You can also see reviews and ratings for suggestions. I've not used either of these, but both Grub Hub and Seamless come highly recommended.
Of course they have apps for taking taxis, and there's always Uber. I used Uber a few times in Austin, as it's very quick with pick-ups and the drivers have always been really friendly. Truthfully though, , I haven't had any troubles getting a taxi in New York when I needed it, so thus far, I've not used it since moving.
This is just the beginning of my list, which is sure to grow as I meet new people, get suggestions and discover things on my own. If you have one to add to the list, or suggestions of better apps for the situations mentioned, I would love to hear about it/them in the comments section!