Goodbye NYC payphones

It had to eventually happen. The last time I used a payphone was five years ago in the airport in Rome. And, I barely figured it out. I am not unique in my non-use of public payphones. I always do a double-take when I see one. I do a triple-take when I see someone using a payphone. I asked my 11 year old son whether he knew what a payphone was. He thought about it for a few seconds and noted it was one of those outside phones people use with quarters. I was surprised he knew. But then again, the word says it all.

Apparently there are about 3,000 payphones in New York City. I just cannot believe that. Where are all these phones? Regardless of where they may be, they are finally being taken away in the next few months. I have this image on my head that the phones will be sent to some large warehouse in the middle of nowhere and one day during the apocalypse they will somehow be useful again. You never know.

They are being taken away because enough people complained about the number of unused phones taking up sidewalk space. True enough thst New York City sidewalks are crowded and we need every inch by which to speedwalk. Although, in some instances the payphones will be replaced with internet kiosks. Thus, space is not really being created. It is just that the payphone is going the way of the dodo. Question is what will be next?

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  1. My cellphone battery is having problems lately – or there are just too many background software jobs running and I have no idea how to shut some of them down – but I worry. Worry that I will have no alternative but to ask a stranger to make a call for me.
    Worry that when I most need it – to rescue myself by calling Lyft as I tried to do recently – there won’t be enough battery power to do so.
    And a couple of times I’ve forgotten to turn the power strip back on in the morning, for my computer (I turn it off at night because the green lights are so bright they keep me awake).
    But then I seem to be permanently set in ‘worry mode’ lately.
    I find it hilarious that people in NYC would complain about payphones taking up space. And find it equally hilarious that they will be replaced, not removed – so the complaints will actually NOT have removed things, but led to even MORE permanent obstacles.
    Almost as if by design.


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