New York’s last Public Payphone is sent to a museum

New York’s last Public Payphone is sent to a museum

New York’s last Public Payphone is sent to a museum by New York City officials. The Payphone was located in Times Square – 7th Ave & 50th St.

The retirement of age-old iconic Payphones signals freedom from scouring for quarters to make calls. The removal of the phone box at 745 Seventh Avenue marks the completion of an eight-year programme to phase out public payphones in favour of contemporary technology. Since the proliferation of cellphones rendered the booths obsolete, the decision was a natural move.

According to the official website of NYC, even though the usage has gone way down, the public pay telephones are still used for regular calls and long distance calls. Public pay telephones also provide free access to 911 and 311. In 2015, the city began eliminating street payphones to make way for hitech LinkNYC kiosks that provide functions like:

  • 24/7 free encrypted Wi-Fi with up to gigabit speeds
  • Free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S.
  • Integrated lighting
  • Digital displays which exhibit strategic, insight-driven advertisements & public service announcements
  • Tactile keypad with Braille lettering, dedicated 911 button, speaker, microphone & headphone jack
  • USB charger for free mobile device usage
  • Video Relay System to provide service to users with disabilities
  • Touchscreen Android tablet with access to certain City services, with multi-lingual support

“Just like we transitioned from the horse and buggy to the automobile and from the automobile to the airplane”, explained Commissioner Matthew Fraser. “The digital evolution has progressed from payphones to high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks to meet the demands of our rapidly changing daily communications needs”.

New York City PayPhone LinkNYC

The last public payphone will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York as part of an exhibit about life in the Big Apple before mobile phones took over.

New York’s last Public Payphone is sent to a museum which means that New York’s last Public Payphone is sent to a museum.

Babar Siddiqui

Creative by nature and adventurous by choice, Babar, Features Editor of, enjoys indulging in the simple pleasures of life. If not found penning articles on environment, culture and technology, he enjoys spending time pondering in the midst of nature.

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