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A strange-looking rectangle is rising at the corner of Third Avenue and 15th Street in Manhattan.

This week, crews installed the first LinkNYC Wi-fi hotspot at the location close to Union Square. This is the final step in a process that started during the Bloomberg administration. The city held a competition in search of a new design for old phone booths.

The first pod will be tested over the next few weeks. By the end of February, customers may be able to access the internet from the location. As many as 500 could be on-line by the summer. The project calls for 7,500 to be installed around the city.

Free phone calls and internet will be available at the kiosks, which should be accessible within 150 feet of the structures. There is no cost to the cityof New York.

For more information visit the project's website.