The Top 27 Apps + Services To Make Moving To NYC So Much Easier
Moving to New York requires a certain amount of grit, determination, and willingness to hustle.
It also really, really helps if you know what the heck you’re doing.
Enter these 27 apps and services. From insider recs on coziest coffeeshops, to allergy prescriptions shipped to your door, consider them your personal entourage. They’ll keep you fed, fresh, and looking fly.
Most importantly, they’ll keep the hustle going right in your back pocket.
Eating and drinking
1. Skip the grocery store with FoodKick
NYC winter advice: Avoid grocery stores right before a blizzard is about to hit. Instead, use a food delivery app like FoodKick.
This young, hip incarnation of FreshDirect makes a point of highlighting local and in-season fare. Their recommendations make meal planning easy — whether you’re facing a veritable Snowmageddon, or just too wiped to go anywhere but your option-less bodega.
2. Find your new favorite pour with Cups
In the city that never sleeps, you’re gonna need a lot of caffeine.
Enter Cups, an app that allows you to discover and save $$$ in your local coffee shops. Users pay a small monthly fee, and get 15% off when patronizing participating spots.
3. Put the “feed” in Fido with Ollie
In NYC, practically everyone’s famous — including the dogs. Pamper your pooch like the prince he is with a subscription to Ollie.
You enter your dog’s details, your address, and boom: Customized, healthy Fido fare delivered straight to your door.
Post that brunch on the ‘gram, and watch the likes start pouring in.
4. Give yourself a Michelin star with Plated
According to Time, Plated is the best meal kit currently available on the market. It’s the perfect recipe for a nice, home-cooked meal. Minimal schlepping, maximal results.
5. Enjoy world-class dining from your sofa with Seamless
Some days, you’re feeling creative enough to whip up a dinner masterpiece entirely from scratch.
Other days, you feel like watching others do that — preferably on The Cooking Channel, while you’re curled up on the couch with some piping hot paneer. For those lazy latter days, you’re gonna want Seamless on speed dial.
Saving those New York minutes
6. Embrace your home manager with Alfred
For the 1%, there’s a live-in butler. For the 99%, and Batman, there’s Alfred.
Up to twice a week, a carefully-vetted Alfred will swing by your Batcave to complete your chores and errands while you save Gotham.
Alfred will sort your mail, tidy up your apartment, do your grocery shopping, stock your fridge, and pick up and drop off your dry cleaning, laundry, and pharmacy items. Welcome to your home, but better.
Available for iOS
7. Get discounted tickets to the hottest shows with TodayTix
New Yorkers tend to avoid Times Square like it’s a tourist-ridden plague.
Instead, they use TodayTix, which sells last-minute tickets (plus, tickets for select shows up to several months in advance) with minimal fuss.
No more waiting in line while being elbowed by cartoon characters in costumes or selfie-stick wielding tourists. Enroll in TodayTix’s daily mobile Lottery to snag reduced-priced seats, or test out their first-ever mobile Rush ticket program.
The best part? Tickets are generally cheaper than other, widely-advertised prices. So you can see amazing shows and make rent this month.
8. Forgo the pharmacy in favor of Capsule
No matter how busy and important you may be, it’s never cool to cut in line.
Skipping the line altogether, however, is a very different story.
That’s why Capsule — a smart and friendly pharmacy that will deliver your meds directly to you, and take care of your refills — launched in all five boroughs.
Signing up is simple: Your doc e-prescribes to Capsule, or you transfer your refills using an online form. Then boom: Your prescription is delivered to you within a two-hour window.
9. Check off all the chores with TaskRabbit
With great moves come great headaches. Not least of which comes in the shape of assembling furniture.
You know, the furniture that’s still sleeping soundly in an unopened box. In the middle of your new living room. On wine-stained carpet.
A Tasker can take care of that for you. Fully vetted by TaskRabbit and reviewed by other customers, Taskers obliterate your to-do list by taking care of pretty much anything you can imagine.
Things like cleaning your carpet, helping you move into a new place, mounting floating shelves and TVs, getting groceries, cooking those groceries, delivering potted plants to liven up your abode, performing puppet shows, packing your MakeSpace bins, and organizing your closet on a Saturday morning.
So you can partake in every New Yorker’s favorite weekend activity instead: Brunch.
10. Lighten your laundry load with NextCleaners
They say you’ve got it made in New York when you have a washer and dryer in unit. Until then, there’s on-demand laundry.
Sure, you could spend your Saturday afternoon separating colors from white in your local laundromat.
11. Leave the leash in Swifto‘s hands
Your pup is family. Swifto knows that, and will treat him accordingly.
The NYC-local startup puts you in direct contact with a vetted walker. You get real-time updates, can track the walk via the app, and get a post-walk pup pic every single time.
Their average ruff-view? Two paws up!
Exploring the city
12. Find out what’s happening now with Time Out NY
Time Out New York
Whatever you’re in the mood for, TONY has an expert rec for where to do it.
Feel like catching a flick? They have all the latest releases, with reviews and nearby showtimes. Or maybe you want to get artsy with an exhibit. They have details, dates, and the down-low on which galleries are currently popping.
Or if you’re not sure what exactly you want to do, they have a whole list of suggestions under their “Things to Do” tab. Recent picks include cooking classes, speakeasy burlesque, and a thought-provoking lecture from a NYC-based family therapist.
13. Discover the hippest haunts via Cool Cousin
There’s Yelp, and then there’s Cool Cousin.
Both offer honest reviews of what’s happening in your immediate surroundings. But only CC curates from a collection of in-the-know locals.
Whether you’re looking for a cute cafe to get your freelancing on or need to pick up some babka for your trip home, CC knows where it’s at.
And who knows? Maybe after you’ve officially made it as a New Yorker, you’ll be able to contribute as a Cool Cousin yourself.
Available for iOS
14. Navigate the city’s #1 destination with the Central Park App
Central Park App
Central park is yuuuuge! And while there’s definitely something magical about stumbling upon the perfect picnic spot (and seemingly the only private nook in the entire city), it’s also great to know where you are at any given time.
Enter the Central Park app.
It has an audio guide, upcoming tours, and a tracking map with tidbits for each immediate landmark.
But its biggest selling point just may be the “Photo Ops” tab: A comprehensive list of all the best spots to take the perfect “I’m living in New York!” selfie.
Available for iOS
Navigating like a local
15. Keep tabs on the train via Transit App
With a new home comes a new commute. And when that new home is NYC, your daily ride is often accompanied by the frantic realization that you’ve literally just missed the train.
Transit, a sleek and functional transportation app that operates in over 135 cities worldwide, aims to eliminate those morning mishaps.
Its “Go” feature nudges you when it’s time to leave, and tracks your motions to make sure you’re literally up to speed. The app also piloted a crowdsourcing feature (currently operating in New York City’s MTA), which provides real-time information for other commuters down the line.
The best way to befriend your brand-new neighbors? Make their own commutes a lot easier.
16. Get subway updates in real time from Underway NYC
Let’s face it: Google Maps can only get you so far.
For those times you’re stuck underground or want an alternative route, there’s Underway. Made specifically with busy New Yorkers in mind, it’s an all-in-one commute compendium.
When you tap the “Locate Me” button, a quick-view popover reveals the multiple stations closest to your location. There’s also real-time updates of allll the current situations affecting the NYC subway, so you can strategize accordingly.
Commuting in NYC isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be impossible.
Available for iOS
17. Commute like a pro with the CitiBike App
When you’re stuck between a rock (train delays) and a hard place (price surging), it’s time to hop on the next best thing: CitiBike.
Get where you need to go, quickly, with the smart tech behind the city’s biggest two-wheeled convenience. You can purchase a day pass, find docks with availability, and even book your bike directly through the app.
18. Enjoy your shared chauffeur with Via
Like a “luxury version of the bus,” Via is a communal commuting experience. The app connects multiple passengers who are headed the same way so they can share a ride in one of Via’s sleek vehicles.
Via’s mission is to re-engineer public transit, from a “regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network.” And it sure beats a packed L train during 6 o’clock rush hour.
Managing your money
19. Save money without even noticing via Digit
If “I have no idea where my money is going!” is practically your motto, then Digit is your wallet’s new lifesaver. The smart app connects to your account to analyze your spending habits — then moves money from your checking account to your Digit account.
The savings go into your Digit account, and you can withdraw whenever you need to. Like, y’know, to pay the broker’s fee on your dream NYC apartment.
20. Track your finances with Dollarbird
Another service that’s totally revolutionizing the money-saving game?
Dollarbird, which turns the traditional finance format of spreadsheets on its head. Instead, you enter and categorize your income and purchases by date. So when rent-time rolls around, you won’t be totally in the dark about how much moolah you have left.
21. Escape when you need to with Hopper
NYC is amazing. It’s magical. It just might be the best city in the world.
But sometimes, all that greatness can get… overwhelming.
For those times, you have your secret out: Hopper.
The app tracks billions of flights at once to land you the best airfare for that last-minute, there’s-too-much-snow!, “emergency” trip to Miami.
Making your new apartment a home
22. Find your dream apartment through StreetEasy
The road to leases is paved with questionable brokers and wild goose commutes. StreetEasy lives up to its name — by making moving much, well, easier.
Peruse and filter pads by desired amenities, target price range, and neighborhood. If you and your rescue pooch are looking into park-side accommodation, you can turn on alerts and get notified of relevant listing updates, in real time.
23. Never miss an IOU again, thanks to SplitWise
All’s fair in love and war — but when it comes to splitting utilities, it’s safest to divide right down the middle.
Thank your lucky stars for SplitWise, which takes the awkwardness out of reminding your roommate he kindly owes you $18.73 for the wifi, please and thank you.
The app is designed to share bills and IOUs between housemates and friends. They send follow up email reminders, and also provide access to a running, visible tab.
24. Qualify for rentals with ease from TheGuarantors
After you’ve landed that dream apartment, there’s just one tiny snag: You have to make 40x the monthly rent. Plus, you need an immaculate credit score. Otherwise, you need a fairy godmother of a guarantor.
Meet TheGuarantors. If you earn 27 times the rent, they’ll insure you for your place. So whether you have savings overseas, are self-employed, or don’t quite make the credit cut, you can still qualify for the pad of your dreams.
25. Sell or buy furniture in great shape from AptDeco
So you’ve decided the couch your apartment’s previous tenant left behind really doesn’t spark joy. But then again, neither would hauling it down three flights of stairs for a sketchy Craigslist buyer.
For a minor percentage of the final selling price (which they’ll even help calculate!), they’ll pick up that extra coffee table for you, un-assemble it if necessary, and then deliver it to the buyer. The only finger you’ll lift is when you give the movers a big thumbs up.
26. Make your room smile with plants from The Sill
Do you love pretty plants? Do you love convenience? And do you love being happy?
Then you’ll love The Sill, a direct-to-door plant delivery service whose motto is “plants make people happy.” The NY-founded shop specializes in plants of all shapes and sizes, with plenty of low-light, small-apartment-thriving varieties.
Although they ship nationwide, us New Yorkers are lucky enough to have not one but two Sill storefronts to visit. They offer a constant rotation of plant workshops, so you can get your green thumb on — and blossom in any square footage.
27. Make your life easier with MakeSpace
A little extra help for moving to New York is always welcome, and these apps and services go a long way.
Of course, MakeSpace has your back, too. Whether you want to store your bulky suitcase, summer bike, or the out-of-season clothes you don’t need right now, schedule a MakeSpace pickup (your first pickup is free!) and leave the rest to us.
We’ll grab everything from your home and transport it to our secure, temperature-controlled storage facility.
And when you take your next trip and need your suitcase or warm-weather goods, just browse your convenient online photo catalog of your stuff, click the item’s photo, and we’ll deliver it back to you.
Available for iOS