It is hard to escape from computers. Although I like parks for their ability to separate me from mine, I understand how the shade of a tall oak could be much nicer than a dark apartment or lonely office on a bright sunny day...
The Dept. of Parks and Recreation currently provides free WiFi connections in select areas of parks throughout the boroughs. It's a chance to swap your indoor computer space for the great outdoors. Follow this link
for directions on how to locate an active area and connect to the network.
In addition to the Parks map, NYCwireless, a non-profit organization providing internet access, has an online searchable map that has many other free WiFi spots throughout the city.
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