Finding free Wi-Fi in NYC is about to get a little bit easier. This morning, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a massive new initiative to bring free wireless broadband internet to select neighborhoods across all five boroughs in New York City. To help grow the city as a global technology hub, the Mayor also announced the launch of WiredNYC as a new rating platform that evaluates the broadband connectivity and infrastructure of office buildings – sort of like a “LEED certification for broadband.”

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Brooklyn will perhaps see the largest batch of new Wi-Fi hotspots along the Fulton Street corridor and in the BAM Cultural District, Brownsville, and Downtown Brooklyn. Manhattan, which already has Wi-Fi saturated parks, is also getting extensive additions in the Flatiron District, along the Water Street Corridor, as well as the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan, the 125th Street corridor in Harlem, and on Roosevelt Island.

The other boroughs, meanwhile, are getting comparatively smaller additions. Long Island City in Queens will be getting free Wi-Fi as well as the St. George commercial district in Staten Island and Fordham Road in the Bronx. With these new additions and New York’s already bountifully extended network services, the Mayor says that the city has already earned a platinum Wired Certification rating from WiredNYC.

+ Office of the Mayor of New York City

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