The obelisk-like LinkNYC kiosks that have sprouted up across New York over the last few years may seem like objects from the future, but they’re now offering a fascinating link to the city’s past.
A new partnership with the New York City Department of Records and Information Services is providing historic photos of the city that will be displayed at the state-of-the-art kiosks across the city, often on the very streets that they depict.
“LinkNYC kiosks are a true 21st century innovation, providing free, superfast Wi-Fi to millions, but now they will also celebrate the history of the very city streets they stand on,” said Anne Roest, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, regarding the new partnership. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Department of Records and Information Services to roll out this enriching digital experience as we continue to build out the world's largest, fastest, free municipal Wi-Fi network.”
LinkNYC kiosks in all five boroughs are already displaying historic photographs of the blocks surrounding the kiosks, including Jamaica, Queens in 1890, Yankee Stadium in 1979, Tribeca in 1938, Staten Island in 1940 and more.
You can find out more about the cool new program here.