I love NYC. I love walking its streets, eating its food, exploring its neighborhoods. When I lived on the Upper West Side, a trip to its public parks was a crucial part of my life to escape the nuttiness of my daily, wonderful life. I would have loved a simple and easy way to navigate the parks all over the city – all 1,900 of them.
That was a while ago, before the invention of anything starting with an “i”. Today there’s an app for everything, and now there’s Explore NYC Parks, built by Brooklyn-based web developer Andy Glass. While New York City is indelibly associated with the famous Central Park, many do not realize that 1/5 of the city’s land is devoted to green space.
Explore NYC Parks is the only comprehensive downloadable map of NYC’s municipal, national, state and private parks. Users of Explore NYC Parks can filter parks in all five boroughs according to proximity, available amenities or upcoming events. They can also reference key information on specific parks, such as directions, Yelp reviews and photos, and they can discover new parks using the app’s park discovery tool.
Explore NYC Parks is currently available in the iTunes App Store or as a responsive mobile website viaexplorenycparks.com. A native Android version is also in development.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post. This is a recommendation.