New York City hasn’t always been the easiest place to find free, reliable Internet. But, with free Wi-Fi and cell phone service installed in 279 underground subway stations, NYC is catching up to the rest of the world –finally. Plus, city streets are more Internet-friendly than ever because of a project called LinkNYC that launched last year. Now both New Yorkers and tourists have the opportunity to connect to free, superfast Wi-Fi all over the city.
You might have passed kiosks on the street, and not even realized it since they tend to (sort of) blend in with the cityscape. The sleek kiosks replaced phone booths (sad, I know, but they were rarely used anymore), and you’ll find them throughout the five boroughs. The next time you need to book a table at your favorite New York restaurant, check out the weather forecast for the Hamptons, or post that epic photo to Instagram, you can do it without using your personal hotspot. Instead, try connecting through LinkNYC.
At the kiosks, you can also charge your device in a USB port, make free phone calls to anywhere in the US, contact 911 for an emergency, and more. And according to the website, LinkNYC offers an encrypted public Wi-Fi network, adding a critical layer of protection to personal data.
More stations are coming too. At least 7,500 link kiosks will be installed in New York City over the next eight years. That’s a lot of free Wi-Fi! See the updated map with LinkNYC kiosk locations here.
Want to connect? Here’s how. And if you need help, call 844-LINK-NYC.