In the spring, you could be reading this from a paddle boat in Central Park. That's because a local contractor has paid the city for the right to install free wi-fi in 10 parks around the city. Battery Park is already, er, unplugged, with Central Park, Prospect Park, Orchard Beach and Flushing Meadow, Van Cortlandt, Pelham Bay, Prospect, Riverside, Union Square and Washington Square park to follow. In return for its largesse, Wi-Fi Salon, the company behind this project, hopes to get NYers to sign up for its Internet phone pay service, reports the Daily News. If that doesn't work, they're collecting nickels from all the parks' fountains.
· Wi-Fi umbrella to cover 10 city parks [Daily News]