Tech On the Streets of New York 

While I was leaving yoga class to begin my weekly errands,  I ran into a spiffy piece of technology on the street corner. It’s a Wi-Fi stand,  called LinkNYC,  with the ability to charge your phone/laptop on the go. I know that in other parts of the world this is old news but I’m not yet jaded. And I know that even yours truly carries a portable charger for my phone. But for the  forgetful and people who can’t be bothered to carry a charger this  might be your answer. They’re in Beta testing, but I have definitely seen more than ten in the past two weeks and one was being fondled by a weird,  glassy-eyed dude who I suppose was trying to get change out of it or lick the USB port,  I’m not sure which.

LinkNYC on 23rd and Eighth Avenue in NYC
LinkNYC on 23rd and Eighth in NYC
LinkNYC on 23rd and Eighth Avenue in NYC

Another feature is that LinkNYC can be used to make 911 calls and get directions. Pretty cool huh? Soon you won’t have the excuse of having a dead phone at the rate that these units are popping up all over town. I’ve spotted ones in Battery park City , Hell’s Kitchen, Union Square and Chelsea. A gold star to LinkNYC for keeping us charged up!

Does your city have an initiative like this? I want to hear about your city in the comments below.

Until our next rendezvous…



  16 comments for “Tech On the Streets of New York 

  1. June 30, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    I predict southern Indiana will get something like this in about the year 2050!

    • June 30, 2016 at 12:04 PM

      Ha-ha, doubt it. I’m sure in five years. Show them my pictures!!

  2. June 30, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Haven’t encountered these around here. Those look really useful! Hopefully we’ll get some too here in Portland!

    • June 30, 2016 at 6:22 PM

      I thought Portland would have those as well.

      • June 30, 2016 at 6:44 PM

        Haven’t been to downtown Portland in a while! But next time I’m there I will look around for them.

        • June 30, 2016 at 6:56 PM

          Portland might actually have them already. I’m sure we aren’t the first in the US. But it is very cool!

          • June 30, 2016 at 7:03 PM

            It’s quite possible we have them. I imagine European cities have them as they are often ahead of the US with tech stuff!

            • June 30, 2016 at 7:08 PM

              Yes I definitely that they are possibly in Europe already. And I’m sure they would offer some services I hadn’t thought of.

  3. July 3, 2016 at 5:14 AM

    For all the talk of technology here in Bangalore,I am yet to see technology that makes the common man’s life easier. Good times yet to come!

    • July 3, 2016 at 10:38 PM

      You don’t think this will make life easier?

    • July 3, 2016 at 10:42 PM

      You don’t think that this invention will make life easier?

      • July 3, 2016 at 11:36 PM

        Well,until it happens where I stay, it won’t benefit me !
        I wish technology was used to address common man’s problems everywhere.Maybe better public transport, better education, health care etc.

        • July 7, 2016 at 12:03 AM

          Well then, you aren’t looking hard enough, because inventions like that are made all the time. And if there is something you want changed, no one is stopping you from changing it. Be the change you want to see. Otherwise your just a pessimistic commentator.

          • July 7, 2016 at 11:51 AM

            Yep,be the change you want to see…

  4. July 9, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    yes, this is interesting and useful thanks for sharing. also, it’s particularly; the charging useful for the homeless who may have free state phones, but not access to an outlet long enough to charge them, for longer phone calls … and other urgent emergencies … just speaking from personal experience of homelessness and the phone issue!

    • July 9, 2016 at 6:13 AM

      Yes it is. Thank you for reminding all of us how hard the homeless must have such a simple task.

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