Internet Access in NYC
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Whether you need to send a quick email or are visiting NYC and need to contact loved ones back home, you'll have no trouble keeping connected in the City. If you're staying at a hotel, chances are that it has a business center with computers and printers available for guests.
If you have a laptop with you, wireless Internet is available throughout NYC, including in many hotels, coffee shops, parks and libraries. At some locations, you have to pay for WiFi. At others—like Starbucks and branches of the New York Public Library—you can surf the web for free. At the library, you can use your own laptop; use of the on-site computers generally requires an NYPL card, though there are some locations, such as the Mid Manhattan Library, that have computers for guests without cards—see details about Guest PCs on the NYPL's information page.
Explore the maps below to learn about parks and coffee shops that offer free WiFi, and note that NYC is always expanding public WiFi coverage. If you're planning on spending time downtown, visit the Downtown Alliance website for a list of spots with free wireless Internet in Lower Manhattan. And thanks to City initiatives (and in one case, some localized help from Google), a number of neighborhoods, including southwest Chelsea, Harlem and Brooklyn's DUMBO, are fully connected, and others—St. George in Staten Island, the Flatiron District and Downtown Brooklyn, among them—have begun to roll out or are on the way.
Remember to use caution at wireless hotspots. For a good starting point, visit microsoft.com for safety tips that can help safeguard your private data.
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Spending some time in the great outdoors doesn't have to mean going off-line—a number of lovely parks around New York City feature free WiFi, perfect for an afternoon with your laptop.