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New York's Best Block for WiFi
Okay, it's more than one block, but just barely. From 12th to 14th Streets between Avenues A and B, a WiFi utopia has emerged, and all within a relatively short amount of time.
First, there was the B Cup Cafe (hours: 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.), the friendly storefront on 13th + B with coffee and free WiFi. Where B Cup fails is its crap food, because they carry the same oily, gunked-up muffins that the breakfast carts do. But it's still free WiFi, and the staff is nice. Next came Rapture Cafe & Books (hours: 8 a.m. - midnight), the très progressive hybrid peformance space/book store/cafe/WiFi heaven, on Avenue A between 12th + 13th.
And now, the dubiously christened Gramstand (hours: 7 a.m. - "quite late") on Avenue A between 13th + 14th. No, unfortunately it's not a coke bar with wireless internet. It's an outpost of the Irving Place tea bar, also named Gramstand, run by owners of an internet tea store. The Avenue A location has--you guessed it--free WiFi and serves loose leaf tea. And coffee too, thank god.
Tip: The best baked goods in WiFi-land are at Ciao For Now bakery on 12th between A + B. It doesn't have WiFi, but you'll want to grab a scone, muffin or quiche there and get a drink at your final destination.