Exclusive Sneak Preview: Urbandig Expanding To New York City This Week

October 3, 2011

2:53 pm

Urbandig, the mobile application that gives you the “off the beaten path” places to go and things to do – and which we covered previously in August when it launched – is going to be hitting the Big Apple of New York City this week.

New York City has so much more to offer than Times Square, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty.  Urbandig’s goal is to share useful information about places that make you feel like a local, so you can go out and experience it yourself.  Their NYC handcrafted guides, written by locals, will contain information on little known things to do and unique spots to eat and drink at around the city.  In contrast to the recent change in direction that Gowalla made to offer city guides and tours, Urbandig actually finds the best curators to sculpt the most interesting city guides out there.

In addition to adding New York City guides, the team also rolled out an update to its iPhone app, which now allows users to log-in via Facebook, thus making signing up a breeze.

The app also offers the ability to “heart” a location if you like it, “star” it if want to save it for late, share check-ins that will then appear in the Urbandig feed, share to Facebook, Twitter, email, and SMS, and 10 other social services.

We got a sneak peak at the New York City guides that will include the following:

  • Brooklyn Stylings – a guide to boutique shopping in Brooklyn.
  • Dapper Dan – a guide to the best mens’ shopping.
  • Locavore – rooftop gardens and locally-sourced ingredients used by restaurants.
  • Frisky Business – bathrooms and public places to hook-up.
  • Happy Camper – best places to get camping goods for a weekend out of town.
  • American Spirits – hipster/trendy bars in Williamsburg.
  • Crafty Brews – the best craft beer and breweries in NY & Brooklyn.
  • East Village Fix – the best craft cocktails in East Village.
  • Oogabooga – Tiki bars in the city.
  • MacCheesy – the best mac n’ cheese in town.
  • Chinatown Chow – a guide to eating in Chinatown.
  • Slice Out – a pizza walking tour.
  • Nacho’mama: the best nachos in NYC.

Check out these screen-shots of the app (below).

Urbandig Frisky Business and Craft Beers

Urbandig NYC - Frisky Business and Craft Beers

Urbandig NYC - Oogabooga tiki bar guide

Urbandig NYC - Oogabooga tiki bar guide

Urbandig NYC - American Spirits guide

Urbandig NYC - American Spirits guide

I cannot wait to head back to New York City to put the Urbandig guides to the test. If you are in New York, you should definitely give them a try.

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups.

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