Landmarks: New York helps you uncover hidden architectural and cultural gems across the city — there’s probably one (or more) in your neighborhood! The slides below highlight the value of this app, and display screen shots of the app’s features.
New features/enhancements with version 2.0:
- Reduced price: 99 cents in 2013.
- More landmarks: the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated 25 new landmarks since the last app update, and we’ve added them all. These include several firehouses, hotels, banks, a burial ground in Queens, and the Rainbow Room.
- Landmark data enhanced: several landmarks had been omitted from the city’s database (such as the Federal Reserve Bank building in lower Manhattan and 409 Edgecombe Ave in Harlem), and we’ve added those to the app. We also corrected the locations of several landmarks (such as St. Michael’s and Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan), and updated the descriptive information for others. (Thanks to user feedback!)
- New design and layout: The Landmarks Conservancy provided an iconic photo of the Chrysler Building for the app’s main screen (see above), which inspired us to add some new features to the app:
- an immersive StreetView option (see screenshot at right — when you tap the image you’ll not only see the landmark but what’s next door and down the street, to help orient you for your walking tours);
- sharing via Twitter (tweet your landmark!);
- a camera option to photograph your favorite landmark and share it via Instagram, Tumblr, etc.
- Landmark sites are up to date as of December 2011.
- Facebook is added to the “Share” option for each landmark. You can directly post information about each landmark to your wall, with a customized note.
- Updates include rejected landmarks. The New York City Council overturned the landmark designation in September 2011 for the Hardenbrook-Somarindyck House at 135 Bowery in Manhattan, even though the Landmarks Commission designated this landmark just 3 months earlier. This is the 3rd landmark designation rejected by the Council since 1998. These rejected sites are now added to the app, with a note about their designation status.
- Many new photos have been added, and current ownership and land use information has been updated as of the NYC 2011/2012 assessment roll.
- Search distance and miles vs. kilometers are now preferences. You don’t have to set these each time you do a search. You can easily change the search radius, and switch from miles to kilometers, from a Preferences button.
- A “tab bar” is added to the map. Now you can easily search by location or street, change the map type, and set preferences without leaving the map.
- A Google Street View image has been added for each landmarked site.
- Overall software updates to improve performance.