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Google Flooding the Streets of Its NYC Neighborhood With Free Wi-Fi

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) and Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page pose for a photograph after a news conference at the Google offices on May 21, 2012 in New York City. Google announced today that it will allocate 22,000 square feet of space in its New York headquarters to CornellNYC Tech while the university completes its new campus on Roosevelt Island.
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Complimentary outdoor Internet access will be provided for all in the area surrounding Google’s local offices, from Gansevoort Street up to 19th Street and between Eighth Avenue and the West Side Highway, the company announced today. Along with the search giant’s own facilities, which presumably already have Internet access, the covered ground includes parts of the meatpacking district, the High Line, and the Robert Fulton housing project. “The people with the best neighborhood WiFi service in the United States are going to be Housing Authority tenants,” said Chelsea Improvement Company president Dan Biederman. “People strolling are going to have exceptional handheld service.” The outer boroughs and those stuck working in midtown will continue acting like they don’t care.

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