Pretty soon it will be nigh impossible to walk around one of New York's popular parks without a Wi-Fi signal bumping into your smartphone. That certainly holds true for Brooklyn's Prospect Park Picnic House and Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, two of New York's most iconic parks now covered with free Wi-Fi courtesy of AT&T. The wireless carrier also added Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan.
The latest additions are part fo a five year initiative between AT&T and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the City of New York to provide free Wi-Fi at 26 locations in 20 New York city parks across five boroughs, AT&T said. As of right now, New Yorkers have access to free Wi-Fi at more than half of New York's 20 parks.
"We want to keep New Yorkers connected wherever they are and both Prospect Park and Pier 1 are among the city’s most popular parks all year round," said Tom DeVito, AT&T vice president and general manager for New York and New Jersey. "We’re excited to be able to enhance the visitor experience at these locations, as well as in Marcus Garvey Park where thousands will gather this weekend to watch the New York City marathon."
This is a win-win initiative for AT&T and New York. By offering free Wi-Fi services to popular areas like Prospect Park, which gets 8 million visitors a year, AT&T is able to reduce congestion on its cellular network. In the third quarter alone, New York City visitors and residents made 24.5 million AT&T Wi-Fi connections, more than all connections made in 2008, AT&T said.