New York City subway passengers now have access to Wi-Fi, voice, and data services in 36 subway stations. The Metropolitan Transit Authority has outfitted several major stations with the service, including Times Square, Columbus Circle, Rockefeller Center, and a bunch of stops on the West Side starting at 18th street, all the way up to 96th street. Wi-Fi is sponsored by Boingo, while cell service is limited to AT&T and T-Mobile at the moment, with Sprint and Verizon on the way soon.
Up next, Wi-Fi and cell service will come to Queens and the midtown area by 2014, followed by the Bronx and East Side Manhattan following. Here's hoping that it all holds up and doesn't crack under the pressure of the daily New York City commuters similar to the problems with the BART Wi-FI service in San Francisco.
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Apple is one week away from opening its next New York City store inside Grand Central Terminal. According to MacRumors, Apple made it official on Thursday when it updated the digital signage outside the store with a date.
"Apple Store, Grand Central. Arriving Friday, December 9," reads the panel, which resembles a typical train station departure board.
The New York Post on Wednesday shared some details of Apple's 10-year lease with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). It claimed that at about $60 per square foot, Apple is paying much less than other tenants. In July, however, the Post said its rent will be $800,000 per year, nearly half a million more than what Metrazur, the previous tenant, paid for the space. Apple gave Metrazur $5 million to vacate early.
Apple's contract, however, doesn't allow for any revenue-sharing with New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), although other lessees must pay a percentage of their sales to the authority once they surpass a certain threshold. In a separate report, the Post said New York State is now investigating the deal to determine whether or not the MTA gave Apple "overly generous terms on its lease."
The New York City Metropolitan Transit Association has just released an overhauled subway map. Changes include more surface area for Manhattan, better colors to represent water and parks, and a bit of a shadow around the subway lines. Staten Island has also been made smaller, since over there they only really have one subway line that goes back and forth. It’s been 12 years since the last time that the NYC MTA made a major revision to the subway map. The NYC subway map is one of the most recognizable transit maps on the planet.
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For all of you who thought that the compass inside the iPhone 3GS was just a waste, think again. We’ve seen some apps that will be making use of the compass in ways you never thought possible, and one such app is New York Nearest Subway. Developed by acrossair, New York Nearest Subway is best explained as an augmented reality app that overlays information on top of a real-world view. You pull up the app, and the camera view is shown, with information telling you about which direction to walk to get to the nearest train station. It is truly genius. Hit the video above to see it in action. It’s not available just yet, but once it is, we will let you know.
You use this app alongside Exit Strategy NYC, and you are golden.
We’ve got a couple of NYC MTA-related subway apps we want to share with you today, the first being Exit Strategy NYC. A simple app, Exit Strategy NYC basically shows you which car you should ride in depending on where you plan on getting off the train. You tell it what line you are riding, and which direction you are going, along with telling it your final destination. It will then show you which train cars are closes to the exits and staircases for transferring.
We do know that a majority of the lines and stops in all of New York City are covered, but there are a few that aren’t complete. Still, those will come in a future update, and this app can really end up saving you a ton of time. Even better, it’s only $1.99, which means it costs less than a ride on the subway. This one is highly recommended, and you can purchase Exit Strategy NYC now in the App Store.
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