You’ve all used those personal guided museum tours, right? The ones that use a button-covered box and a pair of filthy headphones to tell you all about the painting/sculpture/diorama in front of you?
Well, imagine that instead of a stupid box and worn out headphones you got to use your own iPhone. And instead of having to tap in a number to hear the guide, you just relied on GPS to know what you’re looking at. And finally, imagine that instead of being a guide to a dusty old museum, the “museum” was instead the whole of New York.
That’s Urban Wonderer.
Urban Wonderer is like your tour guide to the city. It give you neat local tips (Houston Street is “Howston,” not “Hooston”) and lets you take various tours, either themed or by neighborhood. In this see you can see the hot spots on a map so you can find them, before stopping and listening to the guide.
New for this version are movies guides by genre, so you can check out which buildings were destroyed by which aliens in your favorite Sci-Fi movies, or even take a tour of Woody Allen sites.
But my favorite features is the one you don’t see – literally. Instead of pulling out a paper tourist guide every five minutes to advertise your vulnerability to passing pickpockets, you just wander around with your headphones on. Of course, a rap New Yorker would just ignore everything, so you might still get busted just for being interested in your surroundings.