Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Yorkers Greet the Arrival of Wi-Fi Kiosks With Panic, Skepticism and Relief - The New York Times

A LinkNYC snapshot as it reaches 300 activated kiosks, on the way to 7,500+

"Along Eighth Avenue in Midtown, some homeless people are camping around the kiosks. Sascha Freudenheim, who runs a consulting firm on West 36th Street, said the way some people were using the kiosks “seems completely counter to their purpose.” Mr. Freudenheim said he thought they would be used to help people find their way around the city, not serve as gathering spots.

Residents of more residential neighborhoods have complained that the kiosks are too bright, too loud and more attractive to idle squatters than they are to busy passers-by in need of a quick connection. Other New Yorkers are demonstrating their usual skepticism, eyeing the kiosks warily and wondering what the catch is."
New Yorkers Greet the Arrival of Wi-Fi Kiosks With Panic, Skepticism and Relief - The New York Times
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