When the weather gets so warm that you can't bear to be stuck inside working, head out to one of these parks with free wireless internet. Some spots are more conducive to working than others; here's your guide to connecting and getting stuff done outdoors.
Bryant Park With movable tables and chairs, a range of shady and sunny spots to choose from, and a relatively quiet crowd, Bryant Park can become your second office. You will be prompted to connect to the park's wifi network as soon as you open your internet browser. If it starts to rain, you can always find cover (and another wifi signal) in a reading room of the library.
The unbridled lights, ads, tourists, and Naked Cowboy-types in this commercial plaza might be too much to handle if you're trying to do actual work; but for some, it might be the perfect backdrop for at least answering some emails. Wireless internet is provided by Yahoo!, and the network is called "Times Sq Free Wifi."
Union Square All the street performers, vendors, canvassers, and groups of cool kids along the perimeters of Union Square might be distracting, but if you can find a quieter bench and get into the zone, this park is great for working. To connect, look for the network "unionsquarewifi."
City Hall Park As long as this park isn't closed off or the current site of a protest or concert, it provides a calm, businesslike environment to work in. Use any network with "Downtown Alliance" in the name; there are many more indoor and outdoor hotspots to be found in lower Manhattan.
More Hotspots Check the NYCwireless map for other free signals that you can use. This organization advocates for internet access for all New Yorkers, and monitors the status of public networks set up all over the city. Some notable outdoor hotspots include Jackson Square Park in the West Village, Wagner Park in Battery Park City, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.