NYC to offer free phone-charging stations in parks

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a sight that can trigger dread: the low-battery message on your cellphone when there’s no charger around.

But New Yorkers needing a little extra juice will have some new options this summer.

The city is teaming up with AT&T to install 25 solar-powered charging stations in parks across the five boroughs. The charges will provide a free boost to dying phones and other mobile devices.

The solar technology in the “Street Charge” stations can fully charge up to 30 phones before it needs its own recharge — even with cloud cover and during the night.

The idea came about after Superstorm Sandy. The storm left New Yorkers desperately searching for power to contact friends and loved ones.