Google made news in early 2013 when they opened up a free public WiFi network in Chelsea. But there are plenty of other free Wifi spots throughout the city. Here are some of my favorites.
Home to one of the city's most popular Shake Shack locations, Madison Square Park also offers ample green space, easy subway access, frequent art installations, a dog park, and free public WiFi. It's an often-overlooked space worthy of your time.
The free public WiFi here is among the best in the city -- the servers have been upgraded over the years to handle thousands of users at a time, which comes in handy when you're camping out waiting for the park's famous summertime movies to begin.
This is one of my favorite parks in all of New York City. It offers all of elements of public spaces that I love: street performers, chess players, skateboarders, a greenmarket, food trucks lined up along the block, easy subway access, ample space to spread out, a playground for the kids, and awe-inspiring views of the skyline to the north. Also: free public WiFi surely doesn't hurt the experience.
During summer months, this section of Central Park hosts concerts and other smaller events, and it's also the site of a popular Oktoberfest every autumn. And from June through September, Rumsey Playfield also has its own free public WiFi network -- great for when you're standing around waiting for the music to start.
This is one of my favorite summertime places in the city -- from movies under the Brooklyn Bridge to ecological volunteer work, it's both a beautiful setting and a relaxing space. Also: they have free public WiFi (no small matter) and are in close proximity to Grimaldi's (expect a line) and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. In warmer months, Smorgasburg (Sundays at the Tobacco Warehouse) offers gastronomic pleasures of infinite proportions with food vendors beyond your wildest imagination.