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Power to the people: AT&T sets up free mobile charging stations in NYC

AT&T today announced a pilot project of solar-powered charging stations across all five of New York City's boroughs where the public can charge phones, tablets and other devices for free.

AT&T said the project, dubbed AT&T Street Charge, grew out of lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, which devastated lower parts of Manhattan, Queens and the other boroughs. During the storm, AT&T helped power New York City's distribution centers with commercial generators and pop-up cellular service.

"Recognizing the need for a sustainable charging solution, AT&T teamed up with solar industry leader Goal Zero and Brooklyn-based design firm Pensa to develop the initiative and bring it to local residents," AT&T said in a statement.

In all, about 26 charging stations will be installed over the next two and a half months. Currently, there are two solar mobile charging units now live at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 1, and at Governor's Island, Union Square and Pier 1 at Riverside Park.

Other places where the charging stations will be installed include:

In the Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx River Park and Devoe Park

In Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, McCarren Park and Prospect Park

In Manhattan: Battery Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Central Park (multiple locations), the High Line, Holcombe Rucker Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park

In Queens: AstoriaPark, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and MacDonald Park

And in Staten Island: Clove Lake Park and South Beach

The charging stations are shown being used in this AT&T video.

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