Let me just set the record straight: Super Bowl 48 (I don’t do Roman Numerals) is NOT in New York City. The Giants and Jets abandoned us decades ago for Northern New Jersey and THAT is where the game will be played. No dome. No warm weather climate. Just a New Jersey swamp. I, of course, have christened this event the “Swamp Bowl”. Let Bill Lumbergh break it down for us:
[BTW: I really dislike that whole blue shirt, white collar look. It’s so indecisive. Pick a color and stick with it, dangit. ]
Now don’t go thinking I’m hating on the Garden State because I’m not. Personally, I think New Jerseyans should be offended. The NFL’s massive marketing machine has gone out of its way and are pulling out all the stops to brand this as a New York event. Why all the heat for Jersey? It has to sting a little if you live on the paying side of the George Washington Bridge. Of course the game’s proximity to my beloved Big Apple ensures this side of bridge will be overrun with people looking for the sights, sounds, and experiences only the greatest city on the planet can offer.
This week on the show I discuss some of my favorite apps designed to help tourists get around and enjoy their time in New York City.
- HopStop (Free for iOS and mobile web) – Provides door-to-door transit, walking, biking, and taxi directions in over 300 cities worldwide.
- NYC Mate (Free for Android and iOS) – Offers users official transit maps, timetables, and routing.
- MoMA (Free for Android and iOS) – Use the MoMA App to find out what’s on at the Museum, plan a visit, browse or search tens of thousands of works in the collection, take multimedia tours, or learn about artists and art terms.
- The Scoop (Free for iOS and mobile web) – The Scoop is The New York Times insiders’ guide to New York City, including restaurants, bars, coffee shops and boutiques as well as events and outings.
- New York City Essential Guide ($4.99 for iOS and $2.99 for Android) – NYC made EASY! Take juicy bites of the Big Apple with this original guide that highlights New York’s overwhelming options with 400 core attractions and hidden gems from must-see museums to the most delicious delis.
New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority offers an app gallery at their website with a variety of free and paid apps that will help you get around using mass transit.
If you need more practical tips for your trip to New York City, take a peep at this video from a puppet with almost as much attitude as El Kaiser: