Gypsy Maps + iPhone = NYC Subway Atlas

Using the directions feature of Google maps was an indispensable tool when I used to drive around town. Now that I moved to New York, I rely on the subways to get around and Gypsy Maps to tell me how.

I’m generally pretty lazy, so once I use Gypsy Maps to get directions somewhere, I take it to the next level and email it to my iPhone so that I can look at the map on the go. I have developed a pretty good routine:

  1. Go to Gypsy Maps
  2. Enter your start and end address
  3. Click Print
  4. Click the “Ink Saver” option
  5. Click the print button, or File>Print
  6. When the print box comes up, click PDF>Save as PDF
  7. Save the PDF to your desktop

At this point you have map, but we want to take it with us. Cue iPhone:

  1. Launch your email program and create a new message with you map as the attachment
  2. Put the destination as the email’s subject ie “Bryant Park”
  3. Put the physical street address in the body of the message
  4. Email the message to yourself
  5. Create a label “Maps” and apply it to the email
  6. Finally, grab your iPhone and open the email and the attachment on your phone. This way it will be cached and you will be able to look at the map even when your on the subway and don’t have reception. (This step is super important, so make sure you do it before you lose reception!!!)

After a few weeks your “maps” label will be full of different subway maps, and you should be able to get around the city a lot easier. I also found a high resolution subway map on the internet and emailed it to myself, so that way I have a full subway map anytime I have my phone. Have fun!