“I need free wifi in NYC.”
We’ve all been there. You have a deadline or assignment and a wifi spot quickly. Forget Starbucks. There are new wifi spots popping up daily in New York City.
Here’s a list of my favorite, hidden spots to logon to the Internet when you’re in a bind.
1. Ace Hotel Lobby – on 29th Street near Broadway: It’s a lobby, coffee shop, bar, lounge, and best of all it has free wifi connection. Red, lavish velvet chairs and couches fill the lobby along with dark wooden tables that give off a living room type feel. The dim lighting and long tables make you feel like you’re sitting in an old world library. By far, Ace Hotel is one of the best places to surf the web during the day.
2. Think Coffee – Mercer St: Blocks away from the NYU campus, this large coffeehouse offers a ton of seating, including comfortable couches. Besides coffee they serve teas, espresso, and affogato (espresso with ice cream). Feeling hungry? Bagels, soups, salads, sandwiches, and delicious desserts are on the menu. It’s also a great place to strike up a conversation with strangers since everyone seems to be in a good mood here. Must be something in the coffee.
3. Gansevoort Hotel Lobby – Meatpacking: Not very many people know the Gansevoort has free wifi service in the lobby and by the pool. The newly designed lobby is open to everyone and since it’s tailored for tourists, walk-ins are rarely questioned during the day. The wifi does need a password. In our experience the logon has remained consistent: Logon: Guest. Password: Gansevoort. But odds are it will change after this posting. If that happens, just ask the doorman in a friendly way.
4. South Street Seaport: Wireless service is available in the seating area of the food court, located on the third floor of the Festival Marketplace at Pier 17. This is coveted seating overlooking the East River and Brooklyn Bridge. You won’t have difficulty finding seats here.
5. Bryant Park – 42nd Street and 6th Ave: Now that the weather is getting warmer you can catch up on your e-mail and grab some sun. Tables and chairs line the park with shade under the trees. Need a nap? There is plenty of space on the grass. It’s a great place to get some work done, have a meeting or meet friends.
6. Every Apple Store: Need to hop on for a quickie? The wifi connection is really fast here even if you use a PC. Don’t have a laptop on you? Just use one of the available computers on display. But don’t stay too long. It’s for convenience, not a place to write a paper.
7. City Hall Park: Located near the Financial District, City Hall Park provides a green spot with shade, tables and even birds. It feels like an oasis hidden from the bustling downtown hustle. Surf the web on these grassy lawns and you might forget it’s work.
8. Dunkin Donuts: Most people don’t know that Dunkin Donuts offers free wifi. It’s not really advertised. You won’t compete for seats here but the downside is the chairs are not exactly comfortable or inspiring. Dunkin Donuts hits the spot when you’re short on time in need of service.
9. Stone Street – Financial District: A word of advice: charge up your laptop because there are no outlets here. You won’t have any difficulty finding a chair or table. They are everywhere, but as happy hour approaches, many of the restaurants in the area might start pushing their drinks on you.
10. Union Square Park: For all you people watchers out there this is the place to bring your laptop With all the subways circling to Union Square there are people all over the place. There is always something going on, I assure you that you will never get bored.