New LinkNYC Kiosks Begin Takeover of Orchard Street

Posted on: November 9th, 2016 at 5:06 am by
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These bogus LinkNYC kiosks are, collectively, a 9-foot-6-inch bitter pill to swallow. It really doesn’t get any uglier or intrusive. Now the decimated old-world charm of Orchard Street is further battered by the appearance of three electrified pillars between Canal and East Houston (plus one at the corner of Delancey).

So far, there is only one standing – outside the rebooted Max Fish. The others are under construction, with payphones having already been removed. Those plywood cones cover the electrical hookup beneath the sidewalk.

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The LinkNYC program was officially announced last year as public-private partnership between CityBridge and NYC. Each kiosk comes equipped with “the fastest public” free Wi-Fi signal, free domestic phone capability, two USB charging ports, and annoying digital displays. Customers can also use the touchscreen to look up directions and find out about other city services; web browsing was disabled due to the extended use (i.e. porn).

The city plans to install 4,550 hot-spots by July 2019. According to the agreement with CityBridge, that number will increase to 7,500 across the Five Boroughs by 2023.

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