According to a variety of published reports, including Internet Week, Central Park in New York could have wireless access as early as July.
City leaders are trying to provide public access to wireless networks in parks in all five boroughs, not just Manhattan (yes, there is life outside of Manhattan).
Several open outdoor areas, including Bryant Park and the South Street Seaport, already have public wireless access through private companies and the government is still not funding these public projects.
The city is relying on private companies, which could advertise to Web surfers connecting to their wireless services, as well as non-profits. In some cases, the city will collect a nominal fee from Wi-Fi providers.
San Francisco is leading the pack for providing wireless access to the public, and Philadelphia recently approved a plan for citywide wireless access.