Saturday, January 20, 2018

Prepping for another LinkNYC kiosk on 3rd Avenue



A payphone-removing crew was out this morning, prepping to take away the phones on the east side of Third Avenue at 10th Street...



In its place evenutally — a LinkNYC kiosk... which will join the other two already on the block...



20 comments:

RustyK said...

Perfect!!! Another spot for the crusties to set up camp.

Anonymous said...

Is it really necessary to throw in a picture of a shopping cart? Link NYC devices might be a joke or eyesore to you but they help connect our poorest and most vulnerable residents with city services and 911. Street homeless have used these to call and reconnect with long lost family. They can schedule medical appointments and use the Wi-Fi to help with housing and employment. You rail against Republicans and Trump and then post racist classist photos. Disgraceful.

cmarrtyy said...

The digital democracy of our progressive mayor does not include people without a cellphone. Some progressive Mayor. The poor are really left out in Mayor Bill's world.

Anonymous said...

Wonder if it can get/read any info from your phone as you pass by.
Kind of like the EZPASS, that was supposed to be only read by tolls,
but then it turned out, was read all over the city.
Wonder whats behind ( if anything ) all this considerate convenience.
Cant help but be doubtful and wonder.

Giovanni said...

Now that they are removing all the old phone booths, does anyone know a good place to urinate, defecate, drink beer and shoot up? Asking for a friend.

Anonymous said...

These linkNYC things remnds me of the monolith from 2001 space odyssey.

Anonymous said...

Ugggghhhhhhhhhh.

Gojira said...

Just how many of these hideous eyesores do we need?!? Does DiBlah get a kickback every time one is installed?!?

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous as these Kiosks are havens for the homeless and derelicts ! We should start posting picture to show the public what these so called docking stations really look like at night. Thanks asshole Mayor !

JQ LLC said...

I wonder if these things are going to be used to determine congestion pricing as Mario's son Governor Cuomo boasted about last week.

"Does DiBlah get a kickback every time one is installed?"

No doubt, consider the recent expose on a demoted pay slashed aide who complained about a staffer getting promoted for arranging the rat bag contract.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/nyregion/retaliation-lawsuit-de-blasio.html

Anonymous said...

The reality is that a certain kind of street-homeless will use the kiosk as a base to plant themselves. Some of them spend all day or night there. It's called loitering. And sometimes, not always, but sometimes they have a shopping cart and create a nuisance to other New Yorkers just trying to walk by on the sidewalk.

Anonymous said...

Will this be the New New Super Pee Phone

NOTORIOUS said...

Grieve didn’t editorialize the photo at all. You’re projecting. That photo is reality.

sophocles said...

I'm sympathetic with providing phone and internet access for street persons. But I'm not sure why they had to be through these urban monstrosities. Libraries generally have internet access, so the add on value for these is the free phone calls...

Anonymous said...

In the meeting where someone first said "Hey, let's install a bunch of free wi-fi and phone charging kiosks all over the city" the very first reply should've been "What, so all the homeless and mentally ill can campout next to them and freeload for hours on end?" The reply to that should've been "Yeah actually, you're right. I didn't think it through. Bad idea." and then the reply to that should've been "Ok, moving on to the next item on the agenda..."

Anonymous said...

BS 11:42am. Homeless people can get in touch with people, set appointments etc. without these things which are a waste of money. I don't buy your argument one bit, besides it's an undignified way for a homeless person to do those things which should be done in the warmth, safety, privacy, and dignity of an indoor location not outside on the street. In fact, doing those things outside further magnifies their homelessness and stigmatizes them (they're too undesirable to use a phone, set a doctor's appointment etc. indoors.)

Anonymous said...

I know of a 3rd Avenue building where they filled the USB ports with super glue. Overnight there were no more homeless taking up residence by that kiosk.

Anonymous said...

Great in theory....but yes just another block to avoid the crusties now. Couldn't they use the money they pour into these things to establish better shelters or centers where vulnerable people can make calls or use the internet in a safe indoor space? Or maybe install those self-cleaning bathrooms instead? Ultimately these kiosks just end up as a crusty's backrest while they harass people.

Anonymous said...

What 9:24am said.

chris flash said...

As reported in the current issue of THE SHADOW, the Link NYC kiosks SPY on the public in two ways:

• Built-on cameras on either side constantly film pedestrians passing by

• When you plug in your device for any reason, all of your data is uploaded to the NYPD

Get the FULL story in THE SHADOW, available at St. Marx Books 99 St. Marx), INK (Avenue A, between 3th + 5th Streets), Unoppressive Anti-Imperialist Books (34 Carmine Street) and Blue Stockings (162 Allen Street)

There's always a hidden price to pay for "free" services....