Welcome to New York! (cue Taylor Swift song). Now that you’ve made it to the city that never sleeps, you’re going to need some tips about how to get around, things to do, and of course how to feed yourself. Being new to any city can be intimidating, especially NYC. Whether you’re here for a short stay or long-term, this list of apps will help you transition to the Big Apple with ease.
NYC Subway Map
First things first when coming to NYC, you’ll need to know how to get around. Figuring out how much to put on your MetroCard or when to splurge for an Uber, Lyft, or taxi should be next on your list. Having the NYC Subway Map app is a convenient way to keep the map right there on your phone. You’ll also want the Google Maps app where you can plug in addresses to plan your route ahead of time. The Google Maps app also can tell you the fastest route and which subway lines to take in real time.
Food, along with knowing how to get around is also a necessity. After a long day of hustling you’ll want to get back to your apartment and just relax, but you’ll also be hungry AF. Postmates (much like GrubHub or Seamless) is a food delivery service that will quickly send your fave eats right to your door. It can even access your location and recommend places nearby and tells you that approximate delivery time. That way your taco Tuesdays can be quicker and tastier.
Once you get to know your way around, you’ll want to go out and enjoy the city. They don’t call it the city that never sleeps for nothing, there’s always something going on! The app Fever allows you to log in and pick hashtags related to your interests, such as: #music #theatre #pop-up #afterwork and more. Then it curates places and events based on your likes, including when, where, what, and price. You’ll also be able to see who else is attending the event so you can be sure to link up with friends or attend incognito.
Now that you’re out on the town eating out, shopping, and attending cool pop-up shops; you need to keep track of what you’re spending and taking in. Creating a budget for yourself is key whether your already in that work grind or still shopping your resume. Mint let’s you see your financial life from right on your phone and budget better. Now you can check in on your brunch budget after scrolling through Instagram #smartsaving.
Lyft or Uber
This one is kind of self explanatory. Getting around on the subway is the fastest and cheapest way to navigate the city but sometimes those post-work happy hour drinks catch up to you and there’s no way you are making it down to the subway platform. Lyft and Uber often have deals and ride credit for people who have just signed up or if you share a code with friends you will be credited once they take their first ride. If you’re riding solo and don’t have to be somewhere too quickly, Lyft Line or Uberpool are ridesharing choices within the app that will save you some cash while only extending your ride a few minutes. Plus since everyone in the car are strangers there’s no awkward conversations with the driver since everyone just wants to keep to themselves. It’s a win win.
You might already use Groupon in your everyday life, but seriously utilize it while you’re in the city. There are always deals posted under Things to Do such as discounted museum admission, discounted fitness classes, restaurant deals, beauty deals and more! This way you can enjoy everything the city has to offer while maintaining your budget. This is also a great way to bond with your new NYC friends and take advantage of the two people deals.
By: Abby Smith
A classy and sassy dog-loving millennial who splits her time between NYC and MD. When she’s not studying for communications classes, the Pace University student loves exploring NYC and all it has to offer. Also a contributor for Spoon University and blogger for action based accessories and apparel brand La Cle.