Today humans can't seem to function without constant access to the Internet; there's just so much googling, Yelping, tweeting, Facebooking and Instagramming to do in so little time. New York City gets that. In an effort to help plugged-in visitors as well as locals, the City has begun to set up WiFi stations in old phone booths so that users can plot transit routes, look up reviews for a nearby café or just check their email. The LinkNYC kiosks also provide free phone service within the United States and USB ports to recharge your smartphone.
Additionally, many parks across the boroughs offer some semblance of free WiFi; you'll find hotspots in Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and plenty of other green spaces. For more details, visit nyc.gov/parks.
Subway stations have joined the WiFi bandwagon, with nearly 150 and counting providing free service for commuters who consider themselves directionally challenged (again, we get that).
Finally, plenty of hotels, cafés, libraries, restaurants and shops around the City are WiFi enabled. You may want to call or google your destination before you go to make sure, but we imagine you can find a connection somewhere to do that.