Finally, New Yorkers can breathe a sigh of relief–subway stations may have just become the new haven for free WiFi.
At first, we thought this was a cruel (although slightly amusing) joke. Sooty floors and a lingering stench of week-old bodily fluid doesn’t usually draw the typical laptop crowd, be they freelance writers, event planners or Wall Street brokers, to crack open their MacBooks underground.
But a partnership from Google and Boingo Wireless is allotting free wireless to several New York City spots, including several Subway stations–an obvious choice. As our colleagues over at BetaBeat note, the six subway stations, with WiFi service from now through September, are:
- A, C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
- L station at Eighth Avenue and West 14th Street
- C, E station at Eighth Avenue and West 23rd Street
- 1, 2, 3 station at Seventh Avenue and West 14th Street
- F, M station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
- L station at Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street
These are the same stations, it should be noted, that already offer obnoxious subway cell phone service.
While we’re still struggling to visualize a steady workflow of synced iPads and bulky laptops laying siege to the Subway benches, we’re hoping this will at least spare us a seat at Starbucks.