Twenty-six locations in 20 parks in New York City will get free Wi-Fi. Three locations are already activated (Battery Bosque in Battery Park, the north-end playground in Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx, and around the recreation center at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem).
By the end of the summer, all 26 locations will go live. AT&T, in an act of terrific corporate citizenship, is providing the service free of charge for five years, said NYC Mayor Bloomberg.
Below are the 20 parks that will enjoy free AT&T Wi-Fi:
Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx River Park and Devoe Park
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, McCarren Park and Prospect Park
Manhattan: Battery Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Central Park (multiple locations), the High Line, Holcombe Rucker Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park
Queens: Astoria Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and MacDonald Park
Staten Island: Clove Lake Park and South Beach
Other free AT&T Wi-Fi spots already in existence in New York City include locations near Times Square, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, along Park Avenue, and near the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Bloomberg said the 20 parks initiative was part of his strategy to make New York the nation's leading digital city.
Moreover, launching the program at locations near lower-income neighborhoods is a remarkable step in bridging the digital divide in low-income communities, said Bloomberg.