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.
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Did any of you watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this past Tuesday night? Fallon interviewed Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone CEO, on the obvious and most important topic, education! Fallon praised Canada for his dedication to helping children in Harlem receive an education and told him “he is so cool.” After discussing the importance of education, not only in Harlem but across the US, Canada announced that he was joining the masses and starting a twitter site. It’s called @hczorg. In just two days, the Harlem Children’s Zone has more than 2500 followers. Not bad and definitely cool!
This Thursday Harlem Children’s Zone is hosting a fund raiser to support UNICEF’S Haitian Relief efforts at the Dwyer Cultural Center. The evening will feature performances by local artists and a silent auction including dinner for two at Chez Lucienne, private showings at local galleries, and personal drawing classes. It is completely free to attend but there is a suggested donation of $10 and guests are strongly encouraged to participate in the auction—it is a fund raiser after all!
I for one am excited to hear about and attend this event, make a donation, and enjoy the show. Join me and show your love for Haiti!
Harlem Loves Haiti: Whatever it Takes for Harlem’s Kids
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Harlem Children’s Zone at the Dwyer Cultural Center
258 St. Nicholas Avenue (123rd Street)
For more information: 212-360-3255
Admission: $10 suggested donation