By Lisa Penza

New York City can be challenging and downright intimidating to the casual tourist. Should we go uptown or downtown? Take a cab or the subway? And the village…the streets suddenly aren’t so neatly organized into blocks! How does one navigate?

Like everything else, there’s an app for that.

Get real-time updates on traffic and subways with Roadify. If you’re taking your own rental, get everywhere on time and know where the congestion is to avoid it. If going by subway, avoid delays and canceled trains. I don’t know about you, but nothing is worse than running to a train in heels, only to see that MTA “this train is not running” sign. Never again with Roadify!

Looking for something to do, somewhere to eat, someplace to go? Picksy has you covered. Using a “thumbs up, thumbs down” rating system, Picksy will help you find the perfect place to grab a bite, see a show, or do something exciting and new. Available currently in the New York/New Jersey and San Francisco areas, Picksy is soon coming to more and more cities, so you can use it on vacation and at home.

Whether you drove here yourself, or you’ve got that rental, never lose sight of where you parked with Take Me To My Car. Parking in New York City can be a downright nightmare, but even traveling outside the city to a large shopping center, mall, or Six Flags in New Jersey (have you seen that parking lot? I get agita thinking about it!), don’t worry about replaying that same tired scenario: click the button, hear the beep, but where did it come from? This app is easy to use, just one click and the next time you open it you get walking directions. What’s easier than that?

Meeting up with your friends made simple with Onmaway! Let your world know where you are and where you’re going with a quick message on your favorite social media site or web browser. Send a quick update to your buds on your way to the club to let them know how long you’ll be. With two clicks, you’ve let exactly who you need to know where you are and how long you’ll be, avoiding the dreaded texting-while-traveling.

All of these apps are available in the iTunes app store.

Originally published November 2011
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