Google launches free Wi-Fi service in parts of Chelsea today

The tech company partners with the Chelsea Improvement Company to bring free Internet service to Manhattan.

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There are already a number of public spots in New York City with free Wi-Fi, including several parks and a few subway stations, meaning that—for better or worse—the number of places where New Yorkers can truly be off the grid is slowly shrinking. Add Chelsea to that list: Starting today, Google and the Chelsea Improvement Company will bring free Wi-Fi to the southwestern part of the neighborhood, from Gansevoort Street to 19th Street between Eighth Avenue and the West Side Highway. (Google's NYC office is in the neighborhood.) And yes, that includes the parts of the High Line that fall within those parameters. (We know where we'll be setting up an outdoor office once it warms up.)


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