RECOMMENDED: Free Wi-Fi in NYC
Museums and cultural institutions
Flushing Meadows famously hosted the 1964 World’s Fair. Had a time traveler explained to the attendees the concept of wireless Internet and being able to access it in the very same location 50 years later, we can safely assume that it would have blown their minds.
Get online along the banks of the East River—just don’t drop your computer in the park’s massive public pool.
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 cafés
This hybrid coffeeshop/wine bar offers big, comfy chairs tailored to the laptop-and-java set.
A Zen-like vibe and a light vegetarian menu, combined with the complimentary Wi-Fi, make Panorama a calming spot to spend the day googling Eastern philosophy and healthy recipes.
There’s not a ton of space in the hipstery Sweetleaf, but there is a separate “laptop room” to ensure that freelancers can get online among their own kind.
A rare Welsh-style pub with a robust beer menu, consider Longbow your new public home for drunken Facebook-messaging.