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Free Wi-Fi in Manhattan

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

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Workspaces

  • Attractions
  • Libraries, archives and foundations
  • Battery Park City

A destination for poetry geeks, this sleek, modern library boasts over 60,000 volumes and also has ample has desk and chair space for all your online browsing needs. 

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IBM Plaza
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Friscocali

IBM Plaza

Surf the web in a massive glass urban tower while still surrounded by trees and friendly birds flapping around at this public seating space in the lobby of the former IBM building. Open 8 am to 10 pm. 590 Madison Ave at E 57th St.

Museums and cultural institutions

The Tenement Museum
  • Museums
  • History
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

Get online and soak up some NYC history at this LES museum—a historically accurate restoration of the cramped, trying existence of the residents of NYC’s 19th and 20th century (which may have been at least slightly improved had free Wi-Fi existed back then).

Museum of the City of New York
  • Museums
  • History
  • East Harlem
  • price 1 of 4

This Fifth Ave spot houses a wealth of photographs, manuscripts, and photographs that trace the history of our city. A visit to the museum is a more fun way to learn about New York than just Googling it, but thanks to the Wi-Fi, you can do both simultaneously.

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American Museum of Natural History
  • Museums
  • Science and technology
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

The Natural History Museum’s Wi-Fi network allows visitors to download and access a series of informative apps that complement many of the museum’s exhibits.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Museums
  • Art and design
  • Midtown West
  • price 1 of 4

The Wi-Fi is both free and fast throughout the museum, but be aware that you’ll have to get a pass from security to bring your laptop inside.

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Parks

The High Line
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Chelsea

The High Line’s Wi-Fi hotspot is located between West 14th and 16th streets, around the underpass below Chelsea Market.

Battery Park
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Financial District

Getting work done online in the Financial District is probably a lot more relaxing when you’re doing it in idyllic Battery Park instead of in one of the surrounding steel and glass towers.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Brooklyn Heights

It’s hard to beat the views of Manhattan anywhere this side of the East River, but it’s easy to get online for free, so long as you’re near Pier 1, Pier 6, or DUMBO, the three areas of the park where Wi-Fi is available.

Rucker Park
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Stefano Brivio

Rucker Park

The wireless access at this legendary streetball landmark comes in handy when you need to run a search to figure which of the guys playing pickup on the court is secretly in the NBA—hey, it’s happened before. W 155th St and 8th Ave.

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Central Park Zoo
  • Attractions
  • Zoo and aquariums
  • Central Park
  • price 1 of 4

The area around the zoo is one of three Wi-Fi hotspots in Central Park—the other two are Tavern on the Green and Mineral Springs—but it’s the only one where you can get online for free while watching sea lions eat their lunch.

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Bryant Park
  • Attractions
  • Parks and gardens
  • Midtown West

Leafy, crowded Bryant Park had free Wi-Fi long before it was cool for NYC parks—since 2002, in fact.

Hotels

Algonquin Hotel
  • Hotels
  • Chain hotels
  • Midtown West
  • price 3 of 4

The lobby of the Algonquin is a throwback to the Jazz Age in just about every way but one—the free internet access.

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The Jane Hotel
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Civic Center
  • price 4 of 4

Formerly a transient hotel and an Off-Broadway theater, 113 Jane Street is now a stylish Bohemian hotel where you can get online on plush couches by light of a decorative disco ball.

Restaurants and cafes

Barnes & Noble
  • Shopping
  • Noho

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.

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Whole Foods Market Tribeca
  • Shopping
  • Grocery stores
  • Financial District

We weren’t able to verify if the free Wi-Fi at the TriBeCa Whole Foods location is organic, locally sourced, or gluten free, so you’ll just have to access it from the store’s spacious café area and find out.

Misc.

Cosi

Cosi

This nationwide flatbread sandwich chain has a dozen NYC locations, all of them with free Wi-Fi access.

’wichcraft
  • Restaurants
  • Sandwich shops
  • Tribeca
  • price 1 of 4

Another popular fancy sandwich chain—there are 15 in NYC—with gratis wireless networks available.

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
  • Shopping
  • Toys and games
  • Soho
  • price 1 of 4

Part bar and café, part wall-to-wall stocked bookstore, part study space, this excellent charitable spot is a freelancers’ fave.

Coffee Foundry
Photograph: Aubrey Therkelsen

Coffee Foundry

The coffee at this West Village brewer has earned raves, but leave some space on the long bar next to your mug for your laptop.

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Kahve
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Hell's Kitchen
  • price 1 of 4

Get online for free at this tiny, homey Turkish coffee joint, as long as you can find room enough to squeeze in front one of the few tables,.

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Blue Spoon Coffee Co.
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Financial District
  • price 1 of 4

This small, rustic indie coffee shop has the added perk of carrying H&H bagels— which, unlike the Wi-Fi, are unfortunately not free.

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Cake Shop
  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Lower East Side
  • price 1 of 4

You’d think a record store with a small café/bakery in it and an indie rock venue in the basement would be draw enough, but Cake Shop threw in free Wi-Fi to top it all off.

Café One

Café One

Get online at this old school, neighborhood friendly casual lunch spot just north of the City College campus.

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