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This post tells you where you can find free Wi-Fi all over New York City. You may be surprised at just how many locations you can easily find free Wi-Fi that is set up by New York City for the public to use. We will also tell you where to charge your devices for free!
You can see the entire list of NYC Parks with access to Wi-Fi by looking at the NYC Parks Wi-Fi page. Here are the better-known parks and public spaces with access to free Wi-Fi.
These locations are sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, an excellent resource for getting around Lower Manhattan. These are places you may have planned to visit. The network is #DwtwnAllianceFreeWiFi
Many parks work with AT&T service to provide free Wi-Fi. Below are the parks you are likely to visit or be near. Look for the network attwifi.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Use your free Wi-Fi to video the stunning views from this lush waterfront park between Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. Free Wi-Fi is available Pier 1, Pier 6, Empire Fulton Ferry and Main Street. DUMBO Wi-Fi provides free access to the northern portion of the park, between the two bridges. Main Street and Empire Fulton Ferry have access to this free network.
As of 2018, every underground subway station has free Wi-Fi. See the official MTA map. Click here to see the official ap.
Whether you are on the train or in the station, you can access the network TRANSITWIRELESSWIFI by following the easy instructions below:
NOTE: When you are on an above-ground train (which will not be often) you will not be able to connect to Wi-Fi, but you can use data, but beware heavy data charges if you didn’t set up a plan or get a U.S. Sim Card (See our post Tips on SIM Cards).
If you are visiting NYC as a tourist, then odds are that you will spend much of your time inside NYC’s most popular attractions. With only a few exceptions, each of these attractions offers free wifi.
If you are planning on visiting at least 2 of the most popular paid attractions, then you will want to consider purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
These passes can save you anywhere from 20-50% off of the ticket prices to popular attractions and tours and often provide skip-the-ticket-line priority access.
Even the free and pay-what-you-like attractions and museums offer free wifi, so be sure to take advantage.
Likewise, if you are considering purchasing a hop-on-hop-off bus ticket to get you to and from these various attractions, then keep in mind that all such buses offer free wifi to their passengers.
Be sure to read our guide on choosing the right bus tour.
This innovative and totally free connectivity service can be found at over 1,500 specially designed kiosks (referred to as “Links”) throughout New York City. Not only is there free Wi-Fi, but they also have USB ports for recharging your mobile devices!
People can use Links to make free voice calls within the U.S. and in case of emergencies, Links have a “911” button built in for people to contact the city’s emergency service.
Click here to locate their over 1,500 kiosks in NYC (or just keep your eyes open when you are walking around). Click here for user-friendly instructions on how to log on to Link’s Wi-Fi at a kiosk. The video below explains it really well!
The best of both worlds. Free Wi-Fi and devices to use if you don’t have one! You can also recharge a device, use the restrooms and just sit back and chill out.
Shops, Cafes, and Stores
Starbucks, move over. There are some new free Wi-Fi kids in town! More and more chain shops and restaurants have free Wi-Fi. Wherever you are, check your Wi-Fi settings, there’s a good chance that the location has free Wi-Fi.
Some big chain stores that have free Wi-Fi: Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts being the most well-known (see this map of all the Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts locations in NYC) include McDonald’s, Panera Bread, Target Stores, Whole Foods supermarkets and more. There are too many to list here so use Open Wifi Spots for an interactive and comprehensive listing of NYC Wi-Fi.
Perhaps you are taking several tours with us and want to know where you can surf the web while waiting for your tour to start. Maybe you forgot to check your email and need to see the picture of your guide to you know who to look for.
Have no fear! Here are free Wi-Fi locations close to the meeting points of our various Free Tours By Foot tours.
TIP: Our tour participants can also ask to use our tour guides’ hotspot service on their phone for quick searches or email downloads.
They are categorized by the neighborhoods in which our tours start. (Don’t forget that all subway stations have free Wi-Fi, so take advantage before you head above ground).