New York City's Chelsea neighborhood is getting ever-more high-tech. According to city website Gothamist, Google is set to offer free public Wi-Fi across southwest Chelsea. Not so very coincidentally, Google owns a large building in the neighborhood.
This will be the first wired neighborhood in Manhattan as well as the largest contiguous Wi-Fi network in NYC. The network will be available from Gansevoort Street to 19th Street, from Eighth Avenue to the West Side Highway and includes the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street Park, and Gansevoort Plaza.
The development will mean that visitors to the area can unwind in the parks (including the popular High Line) and search for restaurants or nearby shops from their non-3G devices like iPads or iPod Touch gadgets. No word yet on how Google will protect user data, but we'll just be excited for faster photo uploads to Facebook while we wander around the neighborhood.