This is a list for you iPhone and iPod (for you non-conformists) users that will help you make it or break it in the Big Apple (no pun intended):
Curbed is your one-stop news source for information on real estate happenings in your area. This is a fantastic indie blog (and yes they compost, for you vegans out there) that tells you about: events in your area, MTA projects, rent comparison, etc. Best of all, it uses Location Services to zone in on you, kind of like the government does, but with more colorful ties.
2) Walk Score
Let’s face it; you live in the city so the only driving that you will do is driving yourself crazy during exam time. You can “cab it” places, but that eats into the wonderful Ramen noodle budget. Walk Score takes all this into account and tells you how long it would take to walk to your local eateries. It gives you restaurants, bars, and top attractions in the area, so it is perfect for you habitual walkers.
Now that you moved into your apartment and became a bit more familiar with the area, you want to actually start spending time at home…which is kind of ironic. Being hand-fed since you were a rapscallion in suburbia, you don’t know how to do much in the way of cooking, drink recipes, building that armoire. Of course, you can ask your older brother for help, but you hate him ever since he broke one of your GI Joe’s legs. This app will replace your evil older brother with friendly videos of how to actually do things in your house WELL.
So you’re in the first month of your semester and realize that you spent all of your money on drinks (not your favorite orange and kiwi swirl drink), instead of food, clothes, and textbooks. Do you have terrible money-saving strategies? Are you the one who’s always saying, “I’ll pay you back next time, bro”? Do you have a three-figure number in your checking account? If you answered “yes” to any of the previous, you may have a money-managing problem. If so, this is the app for you! It will track your budget, expenses, and alert you when you’re being naughty (kind of reminds me of the genie from Shaazam!).