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Top 5 Apps for Busy New Yorkers

From saving your place in line to sending a professional chef straight to your home, these apps are designed to help make life in the Big Apple a little less hectic. 

With the Kitchen Surfing app, you can request a chef to cook, serve and clean up in your own kitchen—all in 30 minutes.

1. Caviar lets gourmands order dishes from their favorite high-end restaurants (think DBGB, Osteria Morini and Momofuku). “Food messengers” deliver your meal within 45 minutes for a $2 to $7 flat fee.

2. If takeout service won’t do, there’s always Kitchen Surfing, the app that sends a professional chef to your home to make dinner for you. They’ll cook, serve and clean up in under 30 minutes from $59 per meal including gratuity. Only in Manhattan and Brooklyn

3. Skip the post office and the packing process with Shyp. Simply snap a picture of the item you need shipped and enter the destination address; the company then sends one of its “Shyp Heroes” to pick up the item at your home. They’ll package and ship it using the most cost-effective option available.

4. SOLD allows you to hire professional line sitters—yes, they’ll save your spot in line at the Hermès sample sale or for Hamilton tickets—for just $25 for the first hour, and $10 for every 30 minutes after that.

5. Do you love Pat Kiernan’s “In The Papers” segment on NY1? With Speaky, an AI voice narrates your favorite news articles and documents so that you’re in the know 24/7. $5