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Man arrested after throwing bricks at dozens of LinkNYC kiosks in Manhattan, NYPD says

The 42 kiosks were located primarily in the West Village and Chelsea.

Juan Rodriguez, 41, of Kips Bay, threw bricks

Juan Rodriguez, 41, of Kips Bay, threw bricks at more than 40 LinkNYC kiosks in Manhattan, police said. Photo Credit: NYPD

A man was arrested Wednesday after he threw bricks and other objects at more than 40 LinkNYC kiosks throughout Manhattan, police said. 

Juan Rodriguez, 41, of Kips Bay, damaged the kiosks between April 16 and April 23, cops said. He was charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief.

The 42 kiosks were located primarily in the West Village and Chelsea.

The LinkNYC program, which launched in 2016, replaces pay phones with kiosks that provide free Wi-Fi, phone calls, USB charging ports and a tablet with access to maps and city services. There are currently 1,786 active kiosks across the city, according to the LinkNYC website.

Web browsing was disabled on the kiosks months after the launch after a number of complaints about people watching inappropriate content.

The program also came under scrutiny for its privacy policy in 2017 after the NYCLU raised concerns. The company behind the kiosks, City Bridge, updated its policy in March 2017.

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