The first one (around the EV) arrived in late August on Second Avenue near First Street. There might be more now! They're multiplying!
The new structures are operated as a public-private partnership by consortium CityBridge, and are a revamp of the old 10-foot kiosks the firm set up under former Mayor Bill de Blasio starting in 2015 with free Wi-Fi, USB charging ports, a tablet, a 911 button, and calling capabilities.
Nicknames for it so far include "Phal-link," "deBlasiooo" & "32feetOfGray." There are many more in the comments here.
Now with video, courtesy of Creature... (best to watch with this accompaniment) ...