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Winners of City App Contest Named

Winning App lets you find the nearest subway and commuter rail stations



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    An application that among other things helps people find the nearest New York City subway and commuter rail stations has won a
    City Hall sponsored competition for best Big Apple app.

    In all, 85 contestants took part in the city's "Big App" Contest.

    Mayor Bloomberg challenged the city's computer nerds and tech geeks to show how cool they are -- by designing applications for iPhones, blackberries and desktops. Those "apps" as they're known, point New Yorkers to the nearest coffee bar, laundromat, or greenmarket.

    "There's something for everyone in New York," said Sonpreet Bhatia, one of the inventors of NYC Way, a finalist for Best App. "Ours is 30 Apps in one."

    All the high-tech gurus gathered at the uber-hip IAC building, on West 18th Street, which features one of the city's largest video walls.

    Among the refreshments: green APPles (get it?) and wine and cheese, though many of the attendees were busier clicking and sharing their software than they were snacking.

    The top three winners were:

    WayFinder NYC: the App allows users to find the closest subway entrance from where they are.

    Taxihack: the App allows you to complain about your taxi drivers

    Big Apple Ed: the App provides detailed information about the city's public schools.

    Click here to see all the Apps Entered.

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