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Rocketta
May 16th, 2006, 10:45 PM
New York park goers to get free Internet Wi-Fi

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New York's Central Park and a number of other public spaces will become public Internet hubs starting this summer when the city's parks begin offering free wireless net access, the city government said.

"We expect Central Park to be launched in July, and the rest of the parks in the late summer," the Department of Parks and Recreation said. Among those green spaces going on-line for public Wi-Fi access will be Washington Square, Union Square, Brooklyn's Prospect Park and Flushing Meadows.

Beginning in 2003 the city sought service providers to furnish Wi-Fi service for the parks, but delays set in and only one park -- Battery Park at Manhattan's tip facing the Statue of Liberty -- finally got the service.

The city is also seeking a Wi-Fi provider for Dag Hammarskjold Plaza facing the United Nations and for the Brooklyn Heights promenade.

A handful of small parks in the city have had free Wi-Fi access since 2002 thanks to private donors.

Rocketta
May 16th, 2006, 10:45 PM
It sounds cool but how safe is it to have your laptop out in a park in NY?

Wigglytuff
May 17th, 2006, 01:33 PM
yay!!!! that is great news

bryant park (a short walk from central park) already has free wi-fi. and it would be cool to not have to walk that to bryant to get free wi fi. i have gone to bryant all the time last summer to get so free wi fi.

controlfreak
May 17th, 2006, 02:31 PM
sounds like a hacker's paradise

Wigglytuff
May 17th, 2006, 02:44 PM
sounds like a hacker's paradise
thank you for reminding me to turn the firewall on my computer on. i just got it last night.

Tennisballova
May 17th, 2006, 06:57 PM
It sounds cool but how safe is it to have your laptop out in a park in NY?
Lol!! Good one. Besides, I think you go to the park to relax and chill without having people next to you working on their laptops...