NYC Apps Round-Up: Culture in a Click

NYC Apps Round-Up: Culture in a Click

August 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm

The September surge of new shows and arts events is soon upon us. The new season’s savior is a slew of arts and culture mobile apps that make it easier to figure out what to do where and when.

Here are a few of our picks:

ThirteenARTS: This is a pretty darn good app, if we don’t say so ourselves.  (It is the first app created by New York public media provider andMetrofocus parent company, WNET.)  Just launched on Tuesday, ThirteenARTS offers a list of New York’s cultural institutions and also features a calendar of current and upcoming events, ranging from art exhibits to dance classes and beyond. Perhaps the most unique feature is the curated “Staff Picks” section, where you can watch video clips from WNET’s arts and culture series SundayArts to get exclusive event recommendations. Availability: Android/iPhone Price: Free


GoingsOn: Earlier this week,  The New Yorker launched an app that serves as a mobile version of its, “Going on about Town” magazine section. The app includes listings for theater, dance, art, nightlife and more. The Goings On app offers several convenient features, including an interactive map, links to buy tickets, event reviews and a “save” feature for managing favorites. Availability: Android/iPhone Price: Free




MoMA App: The Museum of Modern Art’s latest app,  released last week, allows users to discover current exhibitions and plan a visit. Users can also read bios of their favorite artists and discover the history behind a work. And  images of the museum’s entire 32,000 collection can be viewed in the palm of your hand. This is MoMA’s fourth and by far most comprehensive app;  previous apps focused on books published by MoMA or one one exhibition or work of art.  Availability: Android/ iPhone Price: Free



New York Monument Tracker:  This guide-to-New York app, launched in July, is the official app of the Tourist Board of New York and highlights over 200 New York City monuments, statues, fountains and public art works. In addition to an interactive map pinpointing monuments like Grants Tomb, the Statue of Liberty and Grand Army Plaza, New York Tracker offers a brief history of each. Availability: Android/iPhone Price: $4.99