Pay Phones About To Become Extinct.  New York City Is Removing 22,000 Relics Of A Different Era. 

Clark Kent is screwed. If he needs to make a quick change into Superman garb, he’ll have to find a way to do it besides entering a New York City phone booth because those are about to become nearly extinct. 

According to some local politicians in NYC, the remaining payphone in the city have become an eyesore, so they are getting rid of them.  Darn near all of them. 

It’s probably a good idea because frankly, they are an eyesore, they don’t work, and without a doubt, they are all unsanitary. 

It will mark the end of an era in the Big Apple when the city has finished ripping them all out.   Just 12 years ago, there were over 22,000 payphones scattered across Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem. 

CityBridge is the company that manages the payphone in New York City.  They’ve been working for years, getting rid of them and replacing them with LinkNYC machines that provide free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. and free Wi-Fi. 

It might not be quite the draw of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Guggenheim Museum. Still, if residents or tourists want to see what one of these relics looks like, the city is leaving four of them untouched on West End Avenue. 

Here’s what Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer told NY1. 

“It’s a historic memory. It’s something so we don’t forget the past.”

These last four standing will have the sliding doors and maybe even a copy of the Yellow Pages and White Pages dangling from a chain in case a user has not heard of Google. 

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