Big Apple Goes Mobile with NYC App Hub

New York City considers itself to be the world’s communications hub, and in conjunction with Internet Week New York, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment created a hub of its own: the NYC App Hub, which offers access to a host of smartphone apps created by and related to the Big Apple.

New York City considers itself to be the world’s communications hub, and in conjunction with Internet Week New York, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment created a hub of its own: the NYC App Hub, which offers access to a host of smartphone apps created by and related to the Big Apple.

Apps available via the NYC App Hub include: “Made in NY” Discount Vendors, which enables film and TV producers to locate some 1,000 participating vendors offering discounts; NYC 311, which uses GPS to allow users to accurately report issues including potholes and damaged street signs; NYC Condom Finder, which helps New Yorkers locate sources of free condoms; NYC Media, offering access to hundreds of hours of video content about the city; and You the Man, which makes enjoying the city’s nightlife safer by choosing designated drivers, calculating blood alcohol content, and locating the nearest car services.

Users who download the NYC Media app this week will be eligible to win two tickets to the 15th Annual Webby Awards Ceremony, to be held June 13 at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver said:

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s mission is to streamline government communications by making information more accessible for New Yorkers. We’re working to further Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s digital goals by creating the App Hub and bringing the city’s smartphone apps together in one convenient location on NYC.gov.

Chief digital officer Rachel Sterne added:

Mobile technology is an important part of New York City’s digital strategy. Through the city’s six official smartphone applications, New Yorkers have access to real-time information about city services and resources no matter where they are.