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High Line Launches Free Wi-Fi

By Mathew Katz | May 27, 2014 11:20am
 Visitors enjoy the High Line at West 14th Street.
Visitors enjoy the High Line at West 14th Street.
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CHELSEA — You can finally get online at the High Line.

A popular section of the elevated park now has free Wi-Fi, letting the park's millions of visitors connect to the Internet while enjoying the summer sun.

AT&T launched the free wireless service on Tuesday between West 14th and West 16th streets, where park-goers sunbathe on deck chairs or enjoy food from vendors at the Chelsea Market overpass.

“We want everyone who comes to the High Line to have an experience that is meaningful,” said Joshua David, president and co-founder of Friends of the High Line, in a statement.

“By adding this new Wi-Fi service to our wide range of programs and amenities, we have one more way of ensuring that our visitors get a fresh perspective on New York City when they come to the High Line.”

A spokeswoman for AT&T said there were no immediate plans to expand the service to other parts of the High Line, but the Friends of the High Line and visitors have long pushed for Internet access throughout the park.

AT&T's free Wi-Fi program launched three years ago and is now in 21 parks across the city. About 10,000 people used the service per day in 2013, according to the company.

“The popularity of Wi-Fi in the Parks has exceeded our expectations and we will continue to look for new opportunities to meet the demands of our customers and all New Yorkers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, AT&T’s New York State president, in a statement.