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Innovative Map Offers New Way To Navigate New York City

A screenshot of citymaps.com, which places company logos on a map to make it easy to find them. (credit: citymaps.com)

A screenshot of citymaps.com, which places company logos on a map to make it easy to find them. (credit: citymaps.com)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – By now, most folks are accustomed to using Google maps, and know how they changed the way we see – and navigate – the world around us.

A New York City startup, however, is trying to get people to change the way they see Manhattan.

CNET’s Sree Sreenivasan stopped by CBS 2 to discuss whether the world needs another map, and what its advantages might be.

Sreenivasan calls Citymaps.com a “different way of seeing the city.” What makes Citymaps.com different is that shops and more are indicated on the map via their brand’s easily identifiable logo. Sreenivasan calls that “a different way of seeing your neighborhood.”

The site also offers their maps as an iPhone app, Sreenivasan explained. The app allows filtering of results, so you can see restaurants, or places to shop and so forth. Best of all, the “NYC MAP” app is free.

Some 90,000 businesses are partnered with Citymaps.com.

Sreenivasan explained that tourists and non-English speakers may particularly benefit from using the map.

For more information, watch the video below.

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Sree Sreenivasan is CBS2′s technology expert, appearing every Wednesday morning at 6:50 am to discuss ways to save you time, money and aggravation. He is also a social media blogger for CNET News. He is a professor and Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. You can find him onTwitter and Facebook  and on his personal siteE-mail your questions with “CBS New York” as the subject line.