MAP: 25 Solar-Powered Charging Stations for Mobile Devices Coming to NYC

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 06:40 PM

Twenty-five solar charging stations for mobile devices are coming to city parks, beaches, golf courses and other outdoor spaces this summer, courtesy of AT&T. 

The "Street Charge" kiosks are already available in Riverside Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Fort Greene Park and will be installed elsewhere across the five boroughs in the coming months. 

The charging stations were designed by Pensa, a design firm based in DUMBO. The solar technology comes from Goal Zero.

Parks commissioner Veronica White said the initiative was inspired by Sandy and the crowds of New Yorkers without power who flocked to places where they could charge their mobile devices.

The stations can provide power for several days, even without sunshine, and charge devices at about the same rate as your typical indoor outlet.

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Comments [4]

Daniel from East Side

Agreed with Wonkguy (though I find it hard to consider any free solar-powered charging station a "fail"), AT&T really just decided to put them in places where it sponsors events (kind of understandable), and as a result left out all of Brooklyn south of Atlantic Avenue (save Coney Island), and virtually all of Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. This could be a truly powerful innovation for neighborhoods where the ability to charge phones in an emergency is most important - but the actual roll-out comes off as a SXSW-esque amenity for neighborhoods that already have the means.

Jun. 19 2013 06:06 PM

Hi Will,
I should have made that clear. These charging stations are free.
Dan Tucker, WNYC Associate Producer

Jun. 19 2013 02:24 PM
will knox from 10044

is it free or just solar powered?

Jun. 19 2013 02:14 PM

How'd they manage to screw up and exclude Prospect Park from the list? The locations they've selected to serve in Brooklyn are surrounded by places where people can charge their cell phones for the price of a cup of coffee. This is another fail.

Jun. 19 2013 01:38 PM

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