The first time you visit New York City, don’t resort to paper maps to help you get around, but instead use your smartphone with these handy little apps to help you navigate New York. My first trip to New York, I used these apps at different points and they completely changed my viewpoint on navigating the city. Later, when I moved there, I felt like a pro thanks to these apps. Not once did I get lost through Manhattan, Brooklyn, or surrounding areas, and I traveled all alone! You can easily do the same if you have a smartphone. Here are 7 apps to help you navigate New York and avoid getting that "tourist stare" from locals.
1. KickMap NYC
Perhaps one of my favorites of all 7 apps is 24 Hour NYC Subway Map by KickMap. This app is one of the best apps to help you navigate NYC for several reasons. First, NYC Subway Map works on all subways underground without an internet connection. A connection is only needed to look up street addresses and get live transit alerts. The subway is going to be your BFF if you don’t want to spend your entire paycheck on taxi cabs. All you need is a little help learning how to use them. This app also allows you to search all local subways and type in where you need to go and it will route your subways, telling you when to switch and how. This is perfect if you’re new to the subway system. The app was rated one of the best 2012 Apple Apps for NYC in Manhattan. Cost is $2.99 (iPhone, iPad, iPod)