Hey New Yorkers. Let’s be real — as much as you may want to learn a new language, not everyone has the time to commit to a class one or two times a week. Plans change, schedules fill… luckily, we’ve got a solution for that: learn online. With online lessons, all you need to keep after your goals is some WiFi.
“But wait,” you say, “it’s summer! I don’t want to spend hours inside on my laptop.” Lucky for you, you live in a city where you can find free WiFi in parks all around the city! And we’ve compiled our favorite spots for an outdoor WiFi cheat sheet you can use all summer long. So grab your Fluent City workbook, a pencil, and your laptop, and head out into the sun to #getfluent.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Right at the edge of Dumbo is Brooklyn Bridge Park, which spreads south along the waterfront all the way down to Brooklyn Heights. To get online, grab a spot on one of the benches across from the ferry landing, or venture down to Piers 1 and 6. Enjoy the view of downtown Manhattan, and maybe some ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, too.
Astoria Park already has basically everything you could want on a summer day. Basketball and tennis courts, skate park, trails, playgrounds — not to mention the park’s claim to fame: its giant pool. Once you’re done swimming and exploring, take advantage of the free WiFi. Pro tip: you’ll get the best connection near the field house, right next to the tennis courts.
Running for 1.5 miles along the West Line of Manhattan, the Highline gives you an extra unique view of the city: from above. The elevated park is actually a renovated railway, and there are tons of great places to sit down and cozy up with your laptop. Chelsea Market supplies free WiFi with a password key (and we’re not kidding about this): gentrification69
Ok, so maybe this one isn’t particularly groundbreaking, but what kind of a list about the best outdoor spots would this be if we didn’t include New York’s most famous park? The best part is that because Central Park is so huge, you get your pick of hotspots. Grab a table at Tavern on the Green, claim a spot next to the zoo, or set up at Mineral Springs, and get learning.
Super central to Midtown Manhattan, Bryant Park is a beautiful little respite from the hectic goings-on outside its borders. You can almost always find a seat here; there are tons of chairs and tables scattered throughout. Pick up a croissant and a coffee from a nearby kiosk and get to work.
With online lessons, you get to create not only your own schedule, but your own classroom, too. So — which one will you choose?