Press Release

Release Date: Apr 28, 2009

Crystal Wi-Fi Takes Area’s Accessibility to New Level

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2009
CONTACT: Angela Fox, 703-412-9430

 
Crystal Wi-Fi Takes Area’s Accessibility to New Level
New Service Brings Wireless Internet to Green Spaces

Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) announced today the successful launch of its free, outdoor, wireless Internet service, Crystal Wi-Fi. Part of Green Scene, a slate of spring events designed to help people get fit, healthy, and green, Crystal Wi-Fi creates hot zones throughout Crystal City’s courtyards and green spaces.

“With convenient access to the Airport, Metro, VRE, area bike trails, and roadways, Crystal City has long been known for its accessibility,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “Crystal Wi-Fi adds a new dimension to this strategic neighborhood advantage by making it easy for Crystal City’s residents, workers, and visitors to ACCESS the world and stay connected while enjoying Crystal City’s many beautiful green spaces and wonderful outdoor dining options.”

The service is creative partnership whereby Atlantech Online provides the broadband access, the Crystal City BID provides the end-user wireless connection to the Internet, and Vornado/Charles E. Smith provides rooftops for antennae installation.

For more information on Crystal Wi-Fi, go to www.crystalcity.org or simply connect to “Crystal Wi-Fi” from one of Crystal City’s hot zones!

Crystal Wi-Fi is another great example of the Crystal City BID’s green commitment highlighted through the spring’s Green Scene campaign. The environmental awareness continues throughout the year as all Crystal City BID events are designed as “low- to no-waste” with eco-friendly, biodegradable products, composting services provided by Envirelation, and recycling. Get fit, healthy, and green in Crystal City – the area’s Emerald City!

Crystal Wi-Fi Hot Zones (starting from the North):

Crystal Drive - Sidewalks: Lined with restaurants, cafes, bars, pleasant sitting areas, and the Crystal Farms Farmers' Market, Crystal Drive sidewalk areas from 18th Street and south to 23rd Street are now a Crystal Wi-Fi hot zone.

Bell Street Courtyard: The Bell Street Courtyard is home to the popular Crystal Screen movie festival every summer. Wi-Fi access will allow this year's movie-goers to browse the web while picnicking before the movies begin. This Courtyard is located between 20th and 18th Street along S. Bell Street diagonal to the Crystal City Metro.

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway Plaza: This expansive plaza area, which will host Vintage Crystal in September, centers around several office and residential buildings, including the newest 220 20th Street.

Courtyard @ 2121 Crystal Drive: The large courtyard park space in front of 2121 Crystal Drive located between 20th and 23rd Streets will surely be a favorite outdoor escape for area employees looking for some Vitamin D while maintaining access to the Internet!

Courtyard @ 2345 Crystal Drive: The beautifully landscaped courtyard located near 23rd Street and in front of 2345 Crystal Drive (Park 4) is a Crystal Wi-Fi hot zone, in addition to a favorite spot for Bocci pick-up games.

The New Century Center Streetscape @ 2450 Crystal Drive: As part of a $25 million redevelopment, Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group created a new retail streetscape along Crystal Drive. Sitting areas along the wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalk now has Crystal Wi-Fi access.

Bright Horizons Park & Volleyball Courts: The small plaza just south of the Bright Horizons - Crystal City which has tables, chairs, and shade trees as well as volleyball courts is part of the Crystal Wi-Fi hot zone.

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About the Crystal City BID
Established in April of 2006, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is creating a soul for Crystal City. A public-private partnership, the BID is providing a higher level of service to visitors, workers and residents in Crystal City - driving to become a world-class destination in both Arlington and the greater DC region. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.