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Phone Booths of the Future; MAS Winter Walking Tours

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UNION SQUARE?Communication network City24/7 launched its first "SmartScreens" booths today at ten locations around Union Square. The 32-inch touch screens are affixed to phone booths, and provide users with location-based local news, transit updates, current events, and entertainment listings like restaurants and shops for free. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the system is also providing information on volunteer opportunities. Over the next few months, a total of 250 screens will be installed throughout the city. The ATM-strength screens can withstand extreme weather, and they include back-up batteries if power is lost. City24/7 is responsible for the installation and upkeep for the booths, which also have free wifi. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]

NEW YORK CITY?The Municipal Art Society unveiled its schedule for winter walking tours, which highlight New York's built environment. A few worth highlighting include Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, the mansions of "millionaire mile" on the Upper East Side, a trip through Midtown East considering the neighborhood through the lens of the proposed rezoning, and an Abraham Lincoln-themed journey. [CurbedWire Inbox; official]