The Bowery Gets Its First LinkNYC Wi-Fi Kiosks

Posted on: July 14th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Here we go; your first sightings of those LinkNYC kiosks south of Houston Street on the Lower East Side. These two payphone-killers are positioned on either side of the Bowery, straddling Delancey. Both were installed this week and, thus far, remain inactive.

LinkNYC street furniture – standing 9-foot-6-inches – comes equipped with “the fastest public” free Wi-Fi signal, free domestic phone capability, two USB charging ports, and annoying digital displays. Customers can also use the touchscreen (aka Link tablet) to look up directions and find out about other city services.

Privacy concerns aside, some out there fear that these kiosks not only clog the sidewalk, but could attract squatters of all sorts. A dispatch in DNAinfo a couple days ago notes that LinkNYC outposts on the Upper East Side have become encampments for phone-chargers as well as purported drug deals.

Valerie Mason, the president of the East 72nd Street Neighborhood Association, said she saw drug deals happen in front of two ;kiosks in her neighborhood on the Fourth of July. The dealers were makings phone calls and handing over plastic baggies, she said.

The LinkNYC program was officially announced last year as public-private partnership between CityBridge and NYC. These Bowery kiosks are just two of the overall 4,550 hot-spots the city plans to install by July 2019. According to the agreement with CityBridge, that number will increase to 7,500 across the Five Boroughs by 2023. The goal is to feed us more advertising fully replace the crop of holdout phone-booths that still dot the area.

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Bowery Mural Wall Curator Calls Hiatus During Rash of Tagging

In a surprising turn of events, the longtime curator of the Bowery Mural Wall announced yesterday that artwork at the site is now on hiatus. Blame the taggers. Jessica Goldman Srebnick, head Goldman Global Arts (an arm of the Goldman Properties real estate firm that owns the wall), published a missive on Instagram about the […]

Q-Train Shooter Surrenders to Cops at the 5th Precinct

The man accused of shooting to death a straphanger in an apparent random attack on a subway train subway morning is now in police custody. Andrew Abdullah, 25, identified as the suspect in the shooting, turned himself in to cops at the 5th Precinct yesterday. Apparently the surrender was aided by Lamor Whitehead, an ex-con-turned-clergyman […]

This Mott Street ATM Gouges with 17% Fee

Storefront ATMs are nothing new. In fact, their ubiquity was so pronounced that the city banned freestanding ones from sidewalks about a decade ago. Visitors to Chinatown or the Lower East Side unfamiliar with bank ATM locations when in need of cash might not realize the exorbitant fees some ATM operators are charging. For instance, […]

Bongos Taps into Orchard Street with ‘Gala Dinners’

The principals behind five-year-old Kind Regards on Ludlow Street – Michael Bray and Noble Harris – are together joining the party south of the Delancey Divide with a new hangout called Bongos. Bongos opened at 85 Orchard Street earlier this month – on the museum block – reactivating the storefront left vacant by An Choi two […]

Blockchain Company Anchors Sunshine Cinema Replacement Tower

The glassy office building that replaced the beloved Sunshine Cinema has its first tenant. And an anchor, at that. The arrival of San Francisco-based Solana Labs comes mere weeks after the sidewalk bridge outside 141 East Houston came down (thereby freeing Yonah Schimmel from bondage). Solana Labs, a blockchain company, reportedly signed a lease for […]