Insights For Success

Strategy, Innovation, Leadership and Security

New York City Payphones getting a new lease on life

TravellingEdward KiledjianComment

Payphones of yesteryear get a new lease on life in New York city as WI-FI hotspots.  This interesting program is starting with 10 locations  but the hope is to expand it to 12000 locations in all 5 city boroughs.

Since they are using standard WIFI, each access point will cover about 100 feet and will be an incredibly useful feature for tourists.

This effort is being spearheaded by the mayor Bloomberg as part of his NYC Digital Initiative.


Current locations



  • 402 W Broadway near Spring Street
  • 458 7th Ave. near 35th Street 
  • 28 West 48th St. between 5th and 6th avenues
  • 1609 Broadway near 49th Street
  • 410 Madison Avenue near 48th Street
  • 1790 Broadway near 58th Street
  • 230 West 95th St. near Broadway



  • 30-94 Steinway St. near 31st Avenue


  • 2 Smith Street at Fulton Mall
  • 545 Albee Square at Fulton Mall