New York City and AT&T are adding five more free Wi-Fi hot spots to public parks throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. The new additions are a part of a previously announced five-year initiative to bring free Wi-Fi to 20 parks in the Big Apple.
New Yorkers in Astoria Park in Queens, Herbert Von King Park and McCarren Park Field House in Brooklyn, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan and Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island can now stay connected with their smartphones and other wireless devices free-of-charge.
“These five locations are among New York City’s most popular parks destinations and we’re thrilled that visitors will be able to take advantage of this enhanced service,” said Tom DeVito, AT&T vice president and general manager for New York and New Jersey, in a statement.
Nine hot spots are currently online, while 17 more — Central Park has multiple Wi-Fi locations — should be enabled later this year, for a total of 26 locations in 20 parks, according to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website.
Users of the new hotspots don’t have to be an AT&T customer to use them. There are no advertisements, and log-in registration isn’t required, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said during an outdoor news conference at Thomas Jefferson Park in June. Users must agree, however to terms of service.