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Are Phone Booths still around in NYC?


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#1 of 16 OFFLINE   Greg*go

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Posted April 01 2003 - 05:36 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing that new movie, but it makes me wonder if they still have Phone Booths in NYC. It would make a bit of sense to still have them since it's a loud city, but do they still have them? Here in Philly they are non-existant. I think the movie has one at Times Square where all the action takes place in the movie. Some New Yorkers help me out here.
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#2 of 16 OFFLINE   Joe Fisher

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Posted April 01 2003 - 11:37 PM

No. They were all taken out years ago.

#3 of 16 OFFLINE   Aurel Savin

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Posted April 02 2003 - 12:52 AM

Phone "booths" ... never seen one in NYC.

#4 of 16 OFFLINE   Chuck C

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Posted April 02 2003 - 01:53 AM

what's the rationale for taking out the phone booths? too costly (repairs)? takes up too much space? dangerous (people could have a trained sniper on them while on the phone)??

#5 of 16 OFFLINE   Jefferson

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Posted April 02 2003 - 02:14 AM

There are still two of the old wooden ones
upstairs at Sardi's...by the upstairs bar.

#6 of 16 OFFLINE   Danny R

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Posted April 02 2003 - 02:28 AM

Forget the phone booths, I want to find a Tardis.
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#7 of 16 OFFLINE   Angelo.M

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Posted April 02 2003 - 03:09 AM


There are no exterior phone booths left in Manhattan, as far as I know. There are some in restaurants, bars, etc, but more for 'trendiness' than anything else.


#8 of 16 OFFLINE   Jefferson

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Posted April 02 2003 - 03:21 AM

Yes, i agree...or, because they were always there, and were never removed, like at SARDI'S

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Posted April 02 2003 - 04:51 AM

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Posted April 02 2003 - 05:17 AM

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#11 of 16 OFFLINE   EricW

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Posted April 02 2003 - 06:38 AM

so are there phonebooths in other major US cities? is NY the exception or the rule?
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Posted April 02 2003 - 07:08 AM

There are no phone booths around in Philadelphia, PA, or New York apparently. Except for the few that are in restaurants and bars, but they are there for pure nostalgic purposes it seems. And now that I think about it, I've visited Chicago, and St. Louis last year and didn't see one in their downtown areas, which is where they would be if they had any. They just had regular public pay phones too.
I've never been further west then St. Louis, but I doubt west coast cities have any either.

Do they have them in Canadian cities?
I certainly don't expect anyone to remember me 65 years after I die, but you wouldn't know that from the way I act.

#13 of 16 OFFLINE   Jeff Gatie

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Posted April 02 2003 - 08:44 AM

Is The Telephone bar still on 2nd Ave. around 12-15th St (I think)? The whole streetfront of that place was/is old British telephone booths (the wooden red ones). I once got a standing 'O' in there after being caught in a compromising position with a young lady in one of the booths. I really was making a phone call, honest.

Oh I long for the innocence of youth . . .

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Posted April 02 2003 - 09:52 AM

Well here in Toronto there doesn't really seem to be many booths left. There may be the odd one here or there but mostly it's just phones on a pole with a little 'roof' over top of it.
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Posted April 03 2003 - 07:43 AM

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#16 of 16 OFFLINE   Angelo.M

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Posted April 03 2003 - 08:34 AM


Re: the movie phonebooth...

I think the film gets around this issue by stating at the outset that the phonebook in question is one of the last in the city, due to be scrapped.


Anyway, I have no interest in the movie. I liked it better when it was called liberty stands still. At least you had Linda F. and Wesley S.






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