Rising Tech in NYC: 9 City Made Apps

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 24, 2012

What says tech better than apps? Well, New York City has created a variety of apps to help New Yorkers get the information they need. You can use an app like NYC 311 for all your government information, watch NYC’s recycling process with NYCrecycles or even find the nearest place to get free condoms with NYC Condom.

The city also holds their BigApps competition which produces hundreds of entries each year showcasing apps that focus on New York City. Apps that have won the competition tackle issues like finding the best parking rates, knowing when subway trains are coming and even finding a nearby pick-up game or activity.

These apps show how New York is embracing data and pushing ahead to reach it’s goal of being a leading digital city.

9 NYC Made Apps


Find restaurant grades and detailed inspection reports for each of the City’s 24,000 restaurants using the NYC Health Department’s free mobile restaurant inspection app.

NYC 311

311 is New York City’s one-stop shop for all government information and non-emergency services.

NYC City Hall

With the new NYC City Hall app, you can get the latest news from New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg anytime, anywhere. From mayoral announcements, to photos, and soon videos, this latest app from the NYC Dept of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) is your own unlimited access pass to inside NYC City Hall.

NYC Condom Finder

NYC Condom Finder by NYC Health helps you find FREE condoms no matter where you are in New York City. Find Condoms NYC uses your iPhone’s GPS to locate and provide walking directions to the 5 nearest venues that distribute FREE NYC Condoms!

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NYC Media App

NYC Media, the official network of the City of New York, is now available for the iPhone. We offer hundreds of hours of video about everything and anything in New York City, including: Food – Eat Out Time Out, Very Appetizing with Kelly Choi, Food. Curated. and more!

Stuff Ex

NYC Stuff Exchange is a free, quick, and simple way for New Yorkers to find convenient places to donate, buy, or sell different types of gently used goods in NYC. The app contains comprehensive listings of charitable organizations that accept donations, as well as outlets that buy or sell used goods.


Think you know what to recycle in NYC? What about your old stove, junk mail, papaya peels, or brass horn? Beat the recycling experts with NYC’s recycling game. Hate throwing anything away? Play the bonus round to show off your waste prevention skills.


The Water-On-The-Go application was developed to help users locate the various stations that are opened during the summer for NYC’s Water-On-The-Go program. The Water-On-The-Go program sends out fountain stations to various locations in and around NYC so that we can showcase NYC Water.

You the Man

You the Man is a handy tool that makes it easy to calculate your Blood Alcohol Content, along with a some other handy features. Stayed out a little long and want to call a cab? You the Man’s got you covered — you can be on the phone with the nearest car service with just two taps. Play Spin the Bottle to pick tonight’s designated driver, and send a shout out on Twitter to thank your responsible friend!

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