Stroll down the most celebrated thoroughfare in America with your own personal guide by your side.
Fifth Avenue. It's home to the most important stretch of art and antiquities in the world, to New York’s most fashionable shops, most luxurious hotels, most iconic landmarks, and it's the setting of some of the most notorious sex scandals.
The Touchscreen Tour takes you on a lovely stroll from Central Park's Conservatory Garden to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Just plug in your earbuds, start the app, and you’re off. You can leave your iPhone in your pocket or purse — the GPS-controlled soundtrack will guide, inform, and entertain you. (Of course, the screen also provides the narration and map, as well as photos, addresses, phone numbers and URLs of the attractions along the way.)
“It’s like the love child of Philippe de Montebello at the Met Museum and the GPS lady in your car.”
-- NewYorkology.com newsletter
Why is a Touchscreen Tour better than an old-fashioned guided walking tour or sightseeing bus?
> It’s much less expensive (the others can cost $40 or more per person), and you can split the cost with friends by using the iPhone’s built-in speaker.
> You can travel at your own pace, stop for lunch, visit a museum or shop, even break off part way through and resume later.
> You can preview the tour in detail.
> You can repeat the tour, or sections of it, at no additional cost.
Why the Touchscreen Tour rather than other New York City travel apps?
> Most travel apps are just Wikipedia rehashes or dressed-up databases. The Touchscreen Tour is all-original material, created by professional writers who are native New Yorkers, on top of a patent-pending technology platform.
> The Touchscreen Tour’s audio narration frees your eyes to take in the sights in front of you. It’s much more fun — and much safer — than reading off a screen or a book.
> You don’t have to worry about where you are or what comes next. GPS keeps the app in sync with the real world — and keeps you right on track.
> Central Park, Madison Square, Washington Square
> The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, Frick, Cooper-Hewitt, Neue Gallerie, Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of Sex
> The Plaza, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s, Empire State, Flatiron Building
> Tiffany’s, Cartier, the diamond district
> Movie locations featured in North by Northwest, Big, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Sex and the City, Rear Window, An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, King Kong
> The birthplace of modern baseball
> Homes and hangouts of artists, writers, inventors, Gilded Age tycoons, politicians, celebrities, including Edgar Allan Poe, Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, Andrew Carnegie, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry James, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Marlon Brando, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Maurice Sendak, Isadora Duncan, John Barrymore, John Belushi, Edward Hopper, Edward Steichen, E.B. White, Stanford White, Samuel Morse, Samuel Colt, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, and many others
Stories you’ll hear include:
> George Washington crossing 5th Avenue; Teddy Roosevelt; Abe Lincoln
> The violent Draft Riots
> Music history on Swing Street and Tin Pan Alley
> The sensational “Affair of the Red Velvet Swing”
> Kids’ favorites Alice in Wonderland, Eloise, Stuart Little, Winnie-the-Pooh
> The mansion that was traded for a pearl necklace
> The Algonquin’s Vicious Circle
> And many more
Have fun getting to know New York better — with the 5th Avenue Touchscreen Tour.
Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later. May be run in Airplane Mode, without GPS, so those with foreign-registry iPhones can avoid roaming fees.
Visit us at TouchscreenTours.com
Talk to us at [email protected]
Such a wonderful way to get to know New York City. I took the tour at a leisurely pace, stopping in at a few museums (including the wonderful Guggenheim and the awesome Met), visiting Central Park and the Zoo, sampling street-vendor food, and basically having a real New York experience. This is a great app. I can’t wait till the next Touchscreen Tour comes out. (Updated 6/26/11) To respond to the gentleman who had trouble with the GPS: the app worked very well for me. iPhone GPS, as you may know, i s mainly determined by the mobile-phone reception and triangulation, which can be a problem when you're walking thru a canyon of skyscrapers. In the intro the app makers acknowledge this and explain how to use the manual control if the GPS is balky. I had to advance manually twice (by Tiffany's and by Rockefeller Center), and I still had a great time on my walking tour.
I've tried many ipod and iPhone tours of New York, but this one is hands-down the best. The quality is much more professional than the other apps I tried (one of which cost $15!). It is obvious the moment the narrator begins speaking that this was written by accomplished authors. The information provided is also much more detailed, which will make this interesting to those who have toured Manhattan many times before. Way to go. I can't wait to see other Touchscreen Tours.
Ok, I'm not a city person. And the last thing I'd ever do is go into a store on 5th Ave, reminds me of what my friend told me about Beaver Creek; when you arrive, flush $100-bill down the toilet, and if it bothers you ... go home right away. This app gives a great reason to stroll 5th Ave. Can't wait until they do one for The Village, that will be fun.
Worth every penny. Well designed and easy to use. LOVE IT!!!
The walk down 5th avenue is full of so many interesting spots. That's why I like this app - it's like having a tour guide walk me through, without the $50 price. I don't want to carry a book and look like a tourist, so this app works for me.
I live on 5th ave. I tried to use the gps downtown about 5 times. It never worked
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