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NYC's 7 Best Parks With WiFi

Ever since WiFi became available in New York's public parks, there are no more excuses for sitting inside a cafe with a computer on a beautiful day. Now anyone can bring a latte, lunch and a laptop to some of New York's prettiest outdoor spaces. Here are a few places to take your "work" outside. By Sherry Mazzocchi.
Union Square Park
(Image courtesy Union Square Park)

With plenty of benches, trees, a farmers market and musicians, Union Square Park is a sweet spot to spend some time. If the flowers aren't in bloom, there's usually outdoor art for inspiration. Grab a coffee from nearby The Bean (12th St). Or, when you're done with your e-mails and Excel spreadsheets, get down with the skateboarders.

The view from Battery Park

Sitting right where the edge of Manhattan meets the water is a lovely way to pass time. Come for the cool breezes, outdoor concerts, movies and explore Castle Clinton. Grab lunch to go from nearby Cafe 11 and dine al fresco.

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During the spring, this beautiful park is full of blooms. Its close proximity to the Flatiron Building also offers visitors one of the most iconic views of the city. Nearby eats: Shake Shack tops the list, and Live Bait is a fun bet for post-work cocktails.

Statue in Joyce Kilmer Park

Most people are familiar with Joyce Kilmer's poem Trees--but fewer people know, despite the feminine-sounding name, that Kilmer was actually a man. Not only was he a poet and a journalist, he was also a solider. During WWI, he was killed in action on the Western Front. This lovely park was named for him in 1926.

Free Wireless Internet in New York City Park
FILE -- Henry Liu, who works for MTV Online, does some work using free wireless high-speed Internet access on his laptop in Bryant Park. (file: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Clove Park is full of lakes, ponds, sports fields and history. The park is famous for its 300-year-old tulip tree and its beautiful green-colored serpentine rocks. Nearby Lake Club serves up fresh bites.

The beach at Astoria Park
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Astoria Park has many charms. It has the city's largest and oldest pool, but there's also so much more to take advantage of. The park's multiple trails, basketball courts, tennis courts, a track, a bandstand, and playgrounds lure visitors from the five boroughs and beyond. And you can't beat those exquisite views of the East River.

The view from Brooklyn Bridge Park

Located right under one of the most glorious bridges in the city, Brooklyn Bridge Park is expanding. WiFi is available on the waterfront promenade of Pier 1, Pier 6, the Empire Fulton Ferry and Main Street. While you're there, don't miss Jane's Carousel. Beautifully restored by Jane Walentas, it's one of the finest carousels in the country, housed in a stunning pavilion designed by architect Jean Nouvel.

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