LinkNYC is a new telecommunications network replacing old payphones with “Links” that benefit the public – especially those of limited means – by offering free services such as high-speed Wi-Fi, mobile device charging, and a custom-built tablet for Internet-access and telephone calls within the United States. The silver and black streamlined design is intended to complement the prototypical newsstands, bus shelters, and wayfinding signs throughout the city yet retain a distinct, easily-recognizable form. In an effort to decrease susceptibility to flooding damage, the main electrical components are situated high up within the kiosk
News is that the design is so user-friendly, it initially encouraged less than savory usage but the city has adapted what can be viewed in return. LinkNYC was a project by the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, and designed by CityBridge.