Man caught on camera smashing dozens of NYC Wi-Fi kiosks

NEW YORK (AP) — Police are on the hunt for a man who’s been smashing up New York City’s flashy sidewalk Wi-Fi kiosks.

The New York Police Department said Wednesday that the man has been seen on surveillance video hurling bricks or other blunt objects at 42 LinkNYC kiosks in Manhattan over the last week.

One of the videos, recorded April 16 by a camera on a kiosk near Times Square, shows a bearded man in a blue, long-sleeve T-shirt walking up and tossing a brick at the camera.

New York City has more than 1,800 of the 9-foot tall, narrow kiosks. That includes about 1,100 in Manhattan.

The kiosks feature large video boards and provide free Wi-Fi service and ports to charge personal phones. They’ve taken the place of payphones along city streets.

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