If you’re sick of watching the summer days go by from your office window – if you’re lucky enough to sit near a window – the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and AT&T have teamed up to offer an “outdoor workspace” in DUMBO on Friday.
Bring your laptop or other wireless device, grab a workstation at Fulton Ferry Landing at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park (enter via Old Fulton Street at Furman Street) during “Work from the Park Day” and grub on some free eats from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Amenities will include communal work tables, high counters, low benches and two tented areas for shade. Free food and drinks will be provided by local vendors: Lizzmonade (lemonade, iced tea, iced coffee), Ample Hills Creamery (ice cream) and Brooklyn Bridge Garden Bar (sliders).
Can’t make it on Friday? Brooklyn Bridge Park is only one of about two dozen Wi-Fi hotspots in NYC parks with free Wi-Fi available 24/7. To check out any battery charging port or free Wi-Fi area in the city – even if you don’t use AT&T as your carrier – head to AT&T’s wireless map online.
"AT&T is always pushing our technology to serve consumers in new, innovative ways, and that includes reimagining how New Yorkers will want to work, live and play in the 21st century,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T, New York. "By launching New York City's first-ever outdoor workspace in DUMBO, a rising tech hub, we are also looking to see if New Yorkers will choose to work in our city’s parks if AT&T can make all of the amenities of an office available to them – and with the added bonus of a better view.
"We hope New Yorkers will come out to Pier 1 on Friday and take advantage of this new, innovative opportunity by getting their work done, soaking up some sun and enjoying our free refreshments."
AT&T Street Charge units were introduced in 2013 in response to power and connection issues New Yorkers experienced in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Parks Department said in May. The solar-powered units operate in all weather conditions and are available throughout the summer and fall in the five boroughs.
The Free Wi-Fi in the Parks initiative, launched in 2011, has been extended for another five years.
“The renewal of our partnership with AT&T, expanding free Wi-Fi and charging stations to more of our parks this summer and fall, furthers Parks’ commitment to utilizing technology to serve parkgoers citwide,” NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver previously said.