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Volume XXVIII, Number 5902
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013

More Public WiFi Is Launched At 32 Parks Across The Five Boroughs

NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White yesterday joined Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, Cablevision Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Lee Schroeder, and Time Warner CableVice President of Government Relations for New York City Cathleen Sims to announce the launch of new WiFi service in 32 New York City parks.

At these parks, New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other WiFi-enabled devices for free up to 30 minutes each month, and for 99 cents per day. The NYC Parks WiFi service is free at all times to Cablevision and Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers. Additional WiFi park locations across the city will be launched on a rolling basis as part of this program negotiated by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT). The event was held yesterday morning at St. James Park in the Bronx – one of the more than 30 locations offering the newly-launched service.

NYC Parks WiFi, provided by Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, will be maintained through July 2020 as part of these companies’ franchise renewal agreements negotiated with the City and finalized in 2011. The agreements include a $10 million investment fund for WiFi deployment in parks and public spaces across the five boroughs. Hotspots will be distributed throughout City parks, with the majority of the locations in the outer boroughs.The goal of the program is equip areas currently lacking widespread Internet access with high-quality WiFi. These services are in addition to existing WiFi service in parks provided by AT&T and other organizations.

A complete list of City parks currently offering WiFi service is available at

The 32 sites that went live yesterday include:

1. Bronx Park (Ranaqua)
2. Gun Hill Playground
3. St. James Park & Recreation Center
4. St. Mary's Park & Recreation Center
5. Seton Falls Park
6. Owen Dolen Recreation Center

7. Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center
8. Coney Island (Steeplechase Park)
9. Marine Park (Nature Center)
10. Wingate Park
11. Manhattan Beach
12. Gravesend Park
13. Brownsville Recreation Center
14. Cadman Plaza Park
15. Carroll Park
16. Prospect Park (Bandshell)
17. St. John’s Recreation Center

18. Bryant Park
19. Jackie Robinson Park
20. Madison Square Park
21. Riverside Park (W.79th Street Boat Basin)

22. Baisley Pond Park
23. Bowne Park
24. Cunningham Park
25. Kissena Park
26. Railroad Park
27. Roy Wilkins Park & Recreation Center

Staten Island:
28. Greenbelt Recreation Center (Blood Root Valley)
29. Tappen Park
30. Barrett Park (Staten Island Zoo)
31. Snug Harbor Cultural Center
32. Tompkinsville Park


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