I have used the following free wifi spots:
- Lincoln center
- Union square: slow surfing, sometimes it took me a few refreshes to load some pages.
- World Financial Center: sitting by the Hudson river
Times square has free wifi but I didn't try it.
I managed to get a signal and surf at:
- Red Mango at St. Mark's place (not their wifi)
Favorite thing: Getting online must not be missed. Located between 7th and 8th Ave. next to Madame Taussauds at 42nd St. The world's largest and very close to the heart of Times Square. It has a high speed internet access to it's many locations across Europe and the U.S.
If you are in the New York City and miss your VT friends, step by the Easy Internet Cafe and log on.
Located right on the Times Square this place is open 24 hours 7 days a week and as about 650 PC's.
Address: 234 West 42nd Street, New York NY
Favorite thing: New York City shops for its daily necessities unlike the rest of the country. If you need or want a carton of milk, a bottle of orange juice, a candy bar, a traveler's set of aspirin, a bicarbonate of soda, a waffle, a breakfast of French toast, a bag of chips, some time on the Internet, a pack of cigarettes, or some other household item, you can purchase just about anything on the many bodegas and outlets that fill the city. New York City is awake at all hours. Stores might open late and close early, but bodegas are often open far longer.
The Apple Store on 5th Avenue (located on the south-eastern side of Central Park near 58th Street), not only has many Apple techno-stuff to drool all over, but you can also surf the internet using one of their many computers and/or laptops all for free!
I accidently stumbled across this. I suppose it's a good way for Apple to show-off their stuff to potential customers.
Otherwise, I didn't find too many options in New York to surf the net. I found that Burger King burger places have internet facilities, and they charge about US$5.00 per 30 minutes.
Internet Access in NYC:
1. EasyInternetCafe - 234 W. 42nd St between 7th & 8th Aves. 600 terminals. Open 24hrs/7days, from $1.00 USD
2. CyberCafe - 250 West 49th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway. Thu-Fri-Sat open 24hrs, Mon-Wed 8:30 am to 11pm, Sun 11am to 11pm. $6.40 USD for 30 min.
212-333-4109 , www.cyber-cafe.com
3. ING Direct Cafe - 45 E. 49th St between Park & Madison Aves. A coffee place where you can find out about ING financial products. Has computers where you can surf for FREE. Open from 7am to 7pm, Monday through Friday and 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday.
4. Kinko's Copy Services - multiple locations throughout the city.
Free Public Wireless Hotspots:
1. Union Square Park
2. Bryrant Park
3. Downtown NYC Parks
- City Hall Park
- Liberty Park Plaza
- South Street Seaport
- Rector Park
- 60 Wall Street
- Bowling Green Park
- Vietnam Veterans Plaza
4. Other hip locations offering free wi-fi internet access are mentioned in this NY Daily News article (Aug 3, 2003)
I had to check my bank details a few times and managed to easily locate internet.
Many coffee shops do have computers with internet access.
The price for internet will normally be indicated on the PC screens, you then just ask the cashier for x number of minutes, then you get a piece of paper and you are connected.
The times I went on the net I paid about $1-2 for 5 minutes of access.
On the picture : visitors Center of Times square (7th Avenue) just beside the Mc Do.
It is possible to use freely an internet connection for 10 mn.
Some other Internet Cafes in NY :
BIRNS TELECOM : 233 W 17th St /
CYBER CAFE NY : 273 Lafayette St . SoHo - CYBER CAFE TIMES SQUARE : 250 W 49th St /
DITTO INTERNET CAFE : 48 W 20th St /
INTERNET CAFE NY : 82 E 3rd St between 1st & 2nd Av /
FULTON PLAZA INTERNET CAFE NY : 2nd Floor 106 Fulton St.
Fondest memory: Previously, I mentionned also this one :
Canal Jean Co - 504 Broadway NY 10012 - Tel 212.226.1130 - 5 floors of clothes at a reasonnable price. AND ... in the basement, a FREE Internet service (you leave your passeport and the clerk gives you the keyboard).
But when I went there in May 2003, it has moved.
Fondest memory: Located in the Times Square area, on 42nd St., next to a huge McDonalds and across the street from a Starbucks Coffee... you will easily see the big orange advertisement of the cyber cafe.
Don't know what time they open (early, I suppose) but they close till 1 AM and they have long distance calls service too.
Favorite thing: Easyeverything - Internet Cafe. Situated on 42nd Street/5th and 6th. I had never been in an internet cafe before, but couldnt resist popping in and letting a few of my vt friends know that we had arrived safely. Also as our son was on a school ski trip in Canada, I send him an email at his hotel to let him know we were safe in the Big Apple! The charges are I think based on how many people are in and using the terminals at any one time. There is a clock on the wall telling you that at that moment you will get something like '50 minutes' for $1. It is best that you have change because the cafe counter dont always like to give you change. They did for us, but when other people asked they said they couldnt spare any more change. You put your $1 in the machine (there is a facility for different languages) and you get a ticket with a number on. You find a terminal and log on inserting the number off the ticket. We never got less than about 45 minutes for $1. I thought it was great and well worth it if you want to stay in touch with friends and relations while you are away.
Favorite thing: I have a sony ericsson unlocked phone and when i get to usa, i use the prepaid card of T Mobile. ATT also offers sim cards. they are ten cents per minute to use, to call within usa or to receive a call. if you load more money on to the card, it becomes slightly cheaper, more like 8 cents a minute. you can also text send and receive. t mobile card does not permit internet/email etc.