Monday, July 24, 2017

1st LinkNYC kiosk coming to St. Mark's Place


[Photo Saturday by Steven]

There was a ceremonial groundbreaking on Saturday (following the ceremonial sawing down of the pay phones) on St. Mark's Place just west of Second Avenue ... where workers have started the prep work for what will be the first LinkNYC kiosk on St. Mark's Place.

The other pay phones remain up for now on this block between Second Avenue and Third Avenue, where the LinkNYC will sure to be put to good use.


[A Clint Mario special]



Despite LinkNYC's tech advances (Wi-Fi, device charging, access to city services, maps and directions), they do not provide ample space to, say, mix or hold beverages like the pay phones on the block ...



Previously

19 comments:

Gojira said...

So, another branch of the Crusty Hotel chain. I feel sorry for whatever store will be hosting it outside their door.

Anonymous said...

Will the Pee phone be updated

Scuba Diva said...

It just occurred to me that must be what they're breaking ground for at 8th and B—and why they're taking so long!

sophocles said...


Why oh why did the turn over valuable street space to these oversized chargers? On my street we have one on each end, like monstrous bookends.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe no one in charge will admit these things are a colossal failure. They are reviled!!!

Anonymous said...

There is a homeless couple living at the kiosk on 1st Avenue and 6th Street :(

Anonymous said...

Superman will have to become Thinman in order to change behind one of these Wifi towers.

JQ LLC said...

What is with that ad ripping off the Fast times poster?

chris flash said...

As reported in the new SHADOW, the CityLink kiosks are for SPYING on us. Not only are there surveillance cameras on each side of the kiosks, they also download your data when you plug in your usb.

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Anonymous said...

This idea is a FAIL. But the city will go ahead and spend the money to complete the project that never should have began. It was out of date before they installed the first one.

Anonymous said...

Thsee things are a beacon to the homeless to camp out on the sidewalk for an extended stay. The WiFi is pretty useless in the area's these are loccated.

Luckey said...

All these things seem to do is attract homeless people and crusties

Anonymous said...

Re 3:01 every time your phone is charged it gives off Data, When u pass a cell tower it pings it if u have nothing to hide Relax and melt in the crowds

Anonymous said...

There are FOUR of these big ugly (sometimes loud) kiosks on 1st Ave between St. Marks and 7th. WHY would that EVER be necessary? WTF is that about? They get in the way and they ruin the look of the street plus they're just crusty magnets. No one else uses them. You know why? Residents can easily charge at home or at a restaurant or the library or wherever. These were never meant for us. They're for tourists and their overly-bright ugliness are ruining the charm of our neighborhoods. People should always get fired over dumb money-wasting decisions like this.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 10:31AM -- May you be the first arrest for your pure stupidity.
You think you have nothing to hide? EVERYone has something to keep private. For example, please share your social security number with us all. No? I didn't think so. Or would you like your job to get an alert when you're in the process of looking for a new job? No, you wouldn't. You don't have to be a criminal to keep private information. Unsure why this needs to be explained to some.

Hywel Dda II said...

to Anonymous 11:48

There are 12 (12!) of these grotesque eyesores on 2nd Ave. between 13th St and 7th St. You can actually SEE the next one from the last. On some blocks they are on BOTH sides of the Ave. Who decided we NEED all this sidewalk crap in our neighborhood? Take a quick guess on how many of these disgusting things are on Park Ave. and Madison Ave.?

Anonymous said...

The idea is for there to be a seamless network of fiber-speed wifi all over the city...wifi doesn't have a long range so that's why so many locations. I agree though that they could have done without the screens and tablets etc.

shimmerstwo said...

They should have just set up as 911 and wifi towers with advertising for revenue
the screen, free calls, charging is a complete FU
WHO did they actually think would use these besides the homeless??

Anonymous said...

We definitely need to keep wifi available to those that can afford it. Universal wifi is as dangerous as to universal health care to our society. Poor people may even have opportunities to advance!!!