More than a dozen kiosks with free WiFi hotspots, phone service and cellphone charging have been installed in the neighborhood along Third Avenue. In the last few weeks, 16 of the tall, sleek machines with a 911 button, a key pad and USB ports, have been planted on the Upper East Side, replacing telephone booths as part of the city’s new LinkNYC project.
Multiple kiosks have been placed on Third Avenue at East 60th, 68th, 69th, 77th, 80th, 82nd, 83rd, 86th, 87th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, and 95th streets. Once activated, users will be able to surf the web, make phone calls and use the kiosk’s public WiFi, within a 150 feet radius from the machines. They have the ability to serve hundreds of users at any one time, all for free. The kiosks will be activated once a water main project is completed at 57th and Third Avenue. By the fourth year of the program, CityBridge plans to roll out 4,500 kiosks across the city.