I am going to go ahead and lay claim to the oldest continuously operating NYCwireless public node. During a very hot and sweaty summer evening back in 2001 Terry, Anthony and the rest crowded into my living room to help launch Cornelia Street community wireless (The village voice article that launched this adventure). The decision to install a NYCwireless public wireless node has taken me on adventure that goes far beyond technology.
Some highlights from the past 4 years:
- Helping Terry and the team build out the first free public NYC park network in Bryant Park.
- Building 3 low income housing networks in conjunction with Community Access.
- Meeting technology visionaries like Dave Farber, Jeff Pulver and Henning Schulzrinne at the monthly meeting.
- Posing with my laptop for the camera at various NYC venues as Anthony (aka media slut) had us do often back when Wifi was hot news. We are such dorks!
While the node on Cornelia Street maybe shutting down the NYCwireless experience goes on. I am looking forward to many years to come off great wireless projects and lots of beer. Stay tuned for news on the Garfield Place community wireless network in Park Slope Brooklyn. Just as soon as I can get unpacked.
NYCwireless node #6 link