• New York City offers free smartphone charging stations


    Smartphones have become an integral part of United States travel. Whether you're making your way across country or looking for a good place to eat, the ability to look up information at the push of a button is invaluable. However, smartphones need to be charged and if you find yourself in the middle of the city running low on battery, you may be out of luck. Unless you're in New York City, because the Big Apple recently launched an initiative to provide free solar mobile charging stations in all five boroughs.

    The move is a joint venture between the city and AT&T. Officials expect the project to provide 25 stations throughout the city. In fact, there are already two stations currently operating in Fort Greene Park, with more set to open at Bridge Park's Pier I, Governor's Island and Union Square Park this week.

    "At NYC Parks, we're always looking for ways to get New Yorkers and visitors into the great outdoors to relax and re-charge, and this gives it a whole new meaning," said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White.

    Other cities may want to follow suit given the number of people who use smartphones on a regular basis. According to a Pew Research Center study, 56 percent of Americans own a smartphone.

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