Better connectivity in New York City’s commercial districts is critical to businesses, residents, and visitors as well as the City’s ability to drive innovation and growth.
NYCEDC awarded grants to five organizations to expand free, public wireless access across the five boroughs to provide local visitors, tourists, and businesses with free connectivity in key commercial districts to attract new businesses, connect residents and visitors, improve quality of life, and bridge the digital divide. The networks will launch in December 2013, with continued expansion through early 2014. Each corridor was selected for its economic vitality and importance to the development of New York City as a whole.
"Staying connected is critical to success in the 21st Century knowledge economy."
Bronx: East Fordham Rd from Grand Concourse to Arthur Ave
Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn, area bordered by Schermerhorn St, Cadman Plaza West, Flatbush Ave, and Tillary St; Fort Greene and Clinton Hill; Fulton Street between Rockwell Place to Classon Ave; BAM cultural district; Brownsville, area bordered by Sutter Ave, Mother Gaston Blvd, Pitkin Ave, and Howard Ave
Manhattan: Flatiron district; Water St corridor between Whitehall and Fulton Streets, extending to neighboring side streets including Stone St and Front St; along the East River waterfront and piers; 125th St from Broadway to Second Ave; Roosevelt Island between the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and Roosevelt Island Bridge
Queens: Long Island City, area bordered by Queens Plaza, Jackson Blvd and Vernon Blvd
Staten Island: St. George commercial district, Hyatt St between St. Marks Place and Stuyvesant Place
View this map for a look at the wifi corridors across the five boroughs.
Downtown Alliance: The Downtown Alliance manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID), serving an area roughly from City Hall to the Battery, from the East River to West Street and provides service, advocacy, research and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District for businesses, residents and visitors.
Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership: The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) was launched in 2006. It is a not-for-profit organization formed by property owners, businesses, and others with a stake in Flatiron. Its mission is to enhance Flatiron's reputation as a vital, exciting neighborhood by maintaining a clean and safe environment for businesses, residents, and visitors.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM): BAM is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.
GOWEX: Gowex is the world's largest neutral Wi-Fi network operator, with an innovative business model that aims to deliver quality service to City residents while improving the efficiency of public services. Gowex has been in the telecommunication sector for 13 years and has deployed networks in more than 80 cities across the world.
Downtown Brooklyn Parnership: Downtown Brooklyn Partnership (DBP) is a not-for-profit local development corporation. Working together with the three business improvement districts (BID) that it manages – the MetroTech BID, Fulton Mall Improvement Association, and Court-Livingston-Schermerhorn BID – the Partnership’s diverse activities include attracting new businesses and improving the environment for existing companies; facilitating the construction of public spaces and streetscapes that promote an active and cohesive community; supporting and promoting Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural assets; and encouraging a unified sense of place and an engaged civic community.