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New York City removes last public pay phone

Now you can call relic payphones from the past in New York City.

The nation’s most populous city removed its last public phone booth from a sidewalk in Midtown Manhattan on Monday and shipped the once-ubiquitous device to a museum.

The towering silver and blue telephone kiosk was the last of more than 6,000 that have been removed from city streets since 2015. The transition followed the city’s agreement to swap coin-operated payphones for kiosks which offer free digital calls, Wi-Fi and cell phone charging.

These thinner and taller LinkNYC kiosks, known as Links, are supported by video advertising on the sides of the kiosks.

As of Tuesday, there were 1,860 active links in the city’s five boroughs, according to a LinkNYC website, with many more planned. CityBridge, a digital consortium installing the kiosks, is to activate “no less than 4,000” by 2026, The City reported last month, citing the city’s contract.

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, who witnessed the removal of the last payphone on Monday, called the event bittersweet.

A woman stands near a LinkNYC kiosk in New York City. These kiosks offer free Wi-Fi, phone charging and phone calls. The system is supported by advertising displayed on the sides of the kiosks.

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“I won’t miss all the dead tones, but I have to say I felt a twinge of nostalgia watching him go.” Levine wrote on Twitter.

The removed artifact is headed to the Museum of the City of New York, where it joins other once ubiquitous icons from a generation past, such as typewriters, rotary telephones, pneumatic tubes and card catalogs of library in an exhibition “Analog City”. This exhibit, which runs until December, showcases city life before the era of personal computers and the Internet.

“Whether you remember speaking with a telephone operator or are too young to know the origin of ‘hanging up the phone,’ Analog City offers a fascinating dive into New York’s major industries and the inventions that shaped them. makes it work,” museum president Whitney Donhauser said in a statement.

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