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Free Wi-Fi in Brooklyn

Your essential guide to the best places in the city to get online without spending a cent—from cafes to cultural institutions and stores

By Jeremy Winograd, edited by Sophie Harris
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Workspaces

Photograph: Courtesy Philip Greenberg

Shelby White & Leon Levy Information Commons

Located inside the Central Brooklyn Public Library, the Info Commons houses a free workspace with room (and outlets) for more than 70 laptop users, along with 25 available desktop computers.

Museums and cultural institutions

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Boerum Hill

BAM installed a privately sponsored free Wi-Fi network in 2013 that not only works inside the historic Fort Greene building that houses it, but extends over a mile along Fulton Street nearby.  Woohoo!

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Brooklyn Public Library

With several locations throughout Brooklyn, you can finally find some peace and quiet in these literary halls.

Parks

Prospect Park

4 out of 5 stars
Attractions Parks and gardens Prospect Park

The Wi-Fi here works in the vicinity of the Picnic House, on the west side of the park at about 6th Street. There’s also another network available around the Bandshell, but it allows for only limited browsing before you have to pay.

McCarren Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Greenpoint

This hipster-magnet green space has a free Wi-Fi  hotspot at the Field House between Driggs and Bedford Avenues.

Hotels

Nu Hotel

4 out of 5 stars
Hotels Boutique hotels Boerum Hill

A centrally located, sustainability conscious hotel, the Nu Hotel lets you access the building-wide Wi-Fi from a small seating area in the lobby.

Stores

Rough Trade record store in NYC
Photograph: Jennifer Arnow

Rough Trade NYC

Shopping Williamsburg

Rough Trade didn’t just bring its British sensibilities, a vast record selection, and a frequently booked in-store venue to Williamsburg when it opened in 2013—it brought free Wi-Fi too.

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Barnes & Noble

All NYC Barnes & Noble locations offer free Wi-Fi access, and most have café areas where you can sit, snack, plug in, and get online.

Restaurants and cafes

Roots Cafe

Restaurants Coffee shops South Slope

This South Slope coffee joint operates with a dose of Southern hospitality, so head on in, order some grits, and connect to the Wi-Fi.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Premshree Pillai

Steeplechase Coffee

Steeplechase is a well-known entity among neighborhood freelancers thanks partly to its friendly vibe and solid menu, but mostly because of the numerous plugs and free internet.

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anne Helmond

Black Brick

There’s plenty of seating here among the recycled wood décor, including a no-laptop zone for coffee drinkers who didn’t come in to use the Wi-Fi. Don’t worry, freelancers and web browsers are still more than welcome.

Gimme! Coffee

Restaurants Coffee shops Nolita

Gimme! Coffee? More like Gimme! Free Wi-Fi, right? Fortunately, you can have both at either of this environmentally-friendly shop’s two Williamsburg locations.

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Blue Marble Ice Cream

Restaurants Boerum Hill

If you visit one of Blue Marble’s two Brooklyn locations to use the free Wi-Fi, just try to avoid dripping any of your delicious organic ice cream on your computer. You don’t want to waste any of that creamy goodness! Or, ah, ruin your laptop.

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