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Since I moved to New York my smartphone has been getting more use than ever. These 5 apps are essential for thriving in New York City and having them close at hand will make life in the Big Apple much easier and much more fun!

The first thing you’ll notice is there is no Uber/Lyft/Juno or Google Maps – this is because they are pretty much essential in any city and I’ve been using them long before New York. Anyway, here goes;

1. CityMapper

It may sound obvious but it took me longer than I’m willing to admit to download a subway app.  Access to real time station info and service changes is a life-saver – especially for late at night and weekends. After downloading a few apps for this – Citymapper proved to be the best solution with many features above and beyond the basics.

Union Square New York

2. Venmo

Paying the bill can be awkward with a group of friends – some only bring cash, some only have cards and then you spend time awkwardly dividing up the tab. Or maybe you want to book something for your friends but know you will never see those dollars again. Either way this is no longer a problem with Venmo – essentially a social network payment app – making it easier than ever to pay your debts, and get paid!

3. Revolut

In my opinion, an essential for any international travellers. Revolut takes the pain out of foreign exchange with no transfer fees. Think Transferwise but even more user-friendly, Revolut even has the functionality of Venmo – the only problem is that it probably hasn’t quite caught on with your friends yet.

A Revolut account also comes complete with a debit card and mobile app making it easy to access cash anywhere – or block your card if you lose it!

4. Seamless

The go-to food delivery app for New York. Need I say more?

Ok, I will. Combine this with Yelp or TimeOut to find the very best places to eat in your neighborhood and then get them to deliver – simples.

Make Sandwich NYC

5. Coffee Meets Bagel

Tinder is very 2013, and if you want to get on the dating scene in New York City (and let’s be honest, you do) Coffee Meets Bagel is the best of a lot of very similar dating apps.

With a limited number of selections each day, and only 7 days to strike up a decent conversation and get digits, CMB favors the serious users – very few time-wasters here!

Ronan is a New York based B2B Digital Marketing Strategist specializing in SaaS and ICT. Having spent time in Dublin, Sheffield and Chicago, as well as New York, Ronan has extensive experience working abroad.


Twitter: @ronan_ubikwitty

Ronan Martin

Ronan Martin is a New York-based digital marketing strategist specializing in SaaS and ICT marketing. Having worked in Dublin, New York, Chicago and Sheffield, Ronan has a keen understanding of the digital business landscape in the US, Ireland and the UK.

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