Until the world cracks open and molten lava blankets the Earth, New Yorkers will always loathe tourists. Not all tourists however, specifically the ones at the bottom of the echelon. Souls that stop dead in the center of the sidewalk or subway station, map in hand and camera in the other, immobilized like a rock in a flowing river. In a city of over 8 million citizens on-the-move constantly, they constitute no more than road kill. Since Mayor Bloomberg has yet to reply to my letter concerning tourist-only sidewalks, No one likes to be in a sketchy neighborhood. If you find yourself at Jamaica, Queens, past 12 A.M. among the population of the night, the app has you covered. Using your smartphone’s built in GPS, you can quickly locate the nearest subway station. Again, I’ve used this app over a number of months and it’s saved me from aimlessly walking around.

This app is not without faults, however. I found that it would constantly force close on my ASUS Transformer tablet. Attempts to locate stations resulted in crashes and tapping on a station rendered my tablet frozen, followed by a force close. Using it on a large 10.1 inch screen would be pretty silly anyway. Trip planning is better done on your phone.

All in all, NYC Subway by Embark, Inc. is the ideal tool for locals and tourist alike. Despite leaving a out a major part of the public transportation (buses), it’s spot-on train schedules and other features make this a one-stop shop for planning your next NYC trip.

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