[Photo from January by Stephen Popkin]
After about six weeks of beta testing (starting with a handful of kiosks on Third Avenue) ... the city's free Wi-Fi hubs will be launched this afternoon by Mayor de Blasio
Let's go to Curbed for details:
When the four hubs went live last month they only had the free Wi-Fi capability. But with the public launch today, all the other functions of the kiosk will also go live.
Customers will be able to use a touchscreen, or a Link tablet as they are known, to make free phone calls to anywhere across the United States. They will also be able to look up directions, and find out about other city services. The kiosks also come with two free USB charging ports to charge devices.
The city is expected to have more than 500 kiosks up and running by July... with a goal of 7,500, each replacing a pre-existing phone booth, over the next eight years.
You can read more background about the LinkNYC project here.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Another Wi-Fi hub arrives on 3rd Avenue