Harlem will soon follow Chelsea in having free outdoor Wifi. Chelsea’s free Wifi is courtesy of Google. Harlem’s free Wifi is courtesy of financier Glenn Fuhrman, a former Goldman Sachs managing director who now heads MSD Capital and his wife Amanda, who donated $2 million to the city to pay for the wiring.
Ninety-five blocks of Harlem will be getting free outdoor Wifi. Coverage spans from 110th to 138th Street between Madison Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The Harlem zone is ten times larger than the one in Chelsea. It will be the the largest free WiFi zone in America.
110th to 120th streets will be wired in Dec. The rest by May. 80,000 residents including 13,000 could benefit.
The city is hosting a contest with local school kids to pick out a name and password.
“Its pretty exciting,” Fuhrman told the News. “I’ve never done anything before where the mayor came to say thank you in person.”He said he chose Harlem because he knew the area from his philanthropic work with the Harlem Childrens Zone, a hugely respected non-profit in the area.