Slowly but surely, New York City is replacing dilapidated payphone kiosks with high-tech Wi-Fi portals. These portals known as LinkNYC are part of a city-wide initiative to give the public access to free Wi-Fi along with a number of city services and information all in one place.
The very first LinkNYC stations have been set up along 3rd Avenue beginning at 15th Street and running north along the Avenue. While there are a number of stations set up, only the 15th Street corner one is turned on and operational. If you're closeby, you can connect to the city's free Wi-Fi and enjoy for as long as you want. And if you're running out of juice on your phone, these kiosks have USB charging ports.
Best of all, the kiosks allow for free VoIP phone calls -- so the purpose of the old payphones still sort of lives on.