UPPER EAST SIDE — Locals can now surf the Web, make phone calls and charge their phones for free at more than a dozen kiosks along Third Avenue that are up and running.
The machines, which wereinstalled in February as part of the city's LinkNYC project to replace 7,500 pay phones with the kiosks, were activated last week.
The kiosks can be found along Third Avenue at East 60th, 66th, 68th, 69th, 77th, 80th, 82nd, 83rd, 84th, 85th 86th, 87th, 90th, 91st, 92nd, and 95th streets.
The kiosks at 66th, 84th, 85th and 86th streets are not yet online, according to LinkNYC data.
Each activated kiosk — which also offer tablets with touch screens — display advertisements and public announcements.
The ads currently encourage visitors to check out the "Love" sculpture on Sixth Avenue and tout the NYPD's "If you see something, say something."
The smaller touch-screens guide people through how to make a call, use the city map, browse the Web or charge their phones. Calls to 911 can also be made by pushing a red button.
The Wi-Fi signal can be used within a 150-foot radius from each machine and can serve hundreds of users at a time.
LinkNYC, which rolled out in January with the installation of kiosks along Third Avenue in Gramercy, the East Village and the Upper East Side, is eventually intended to grow into a citywide network, with as many as 10,000 kiosks, officials said.
Reps from CityBridge, city officials and Councilman Ben Kallos celebrated the official start to the LinkNYC Project on Tuesday.