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(CBS News)   NYC's last street pay phone removed by crane, and not by the traditional method of being vomited on by a drunk finance bro and set on fire by some skell   (cbsnews.com) divider line
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2022-05-24 6:48:12 AM  
skell?
 
2022-05-24 7:40:22 AM  
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And fark you CBS guy. The double decker busses used in London today are brand new hybrid models, and the same goes for London taxis, the current ones being new models that look similar to the old one because that way Londoners can recognise them easily.
 
2022-05-24 7:58:21 AM  
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2022-05-24 8:01:56 AM  

colinspooky: skell?


Yeah, you know, you got one, I got one, all vertebrates got one.  In this case, it's probably a reanimated one, due to black magic.
 
2022-05-24 8:12:18 AM  
 
2022-05-24 8:16:29 AM  
The old payphone that once stood outside 745 7th Avenue will be brought to the Museum of the City of New York as part of its new "Analog City" exhibit. The exhibit looks back at life in the city before computers.

Very cool.
 
2022-05-24 8:22:11 AM  
My town has a pay phone outside one of the bigger businesses. I've never seen anyone using it and see people on their cells walking past it. I keep meaning to test it out of curiosity, but don't have coins when I think about it.

I wonder if whomever owns it decided it costs more to remove it than it's worth, and if no one else has the authority to take it out. As is, it's something like a museum exhibit: "Junior, when I was your age, people would put coins in big phones like that and use them to call people."
 
2022-05-24 8:25:00 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: colinspooky: skell?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skell


Wow, like I have never heard that, ever
 
2022-05-24 8:25:55 AM  
It was a rather large crane.

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2022-05-24 8:27:13 AM  

jimjays: My town has a pay phone outside one of the bigger businesses. I've never seen anyone using it and see people on their cells walking past it. I keep meaning to test it out of curiosity, but don't have coins when I think about it.

I wonder if whomever owns it decided it costs more to remove it than it's worth, and if no one else has the authority to take it out. As is, it's something like a museum exhibit: "Junior, when I was your age, people would put coins in big phones like that and use them to call people."


Does anyone understand "drop a dime on them" anymore?
 
2022-05-24 8:29:43 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/1H1_p6B4Ugo]

And fark you CBS guy. The double decker busses used in London today are brand new hybrid models, and the same goes for London taxis, the current ones being new models that look similar to the old one because that way Londoners can recognise them easily.



I've seen a TV spot about the new busses, very state of the art compared to our deathtraps.  I remember hearing some presenter commenting on the new Black Cabs, "The ride is good and very quiet, you have no trouble at all hearing the driver's political discourse concerning immigration and the economic impact of foreign nationals."
 
2022-05-24 8:31:29 AM  

jimjays: My town has a pay phone outside one of the bigger businesses. I've never seen anyone using it and see people on their cells walking past it. I keep meaning to test it out of curiosity, but don't have coins when I think about it.

I wonder if whomever owns it decided it costs more to remove it than it's worth, and if no one else has the authority to take it out. As is, it's something like a museum exhibit: "Junior, when I was your age, people would put coins in big phones like that and use them to call people."


It is probably abandoned. For a while there were small companies that bought out the telephone companies' payphone business. Then they went out of business. Your town hall should be able to tell you who they have registered as the owner. You may be able to pay the back taxes on it and own it yourself.

You can buy phone booths on eBay. They're heavy and hard to move. I helped a friend move one.
There's guy in town who has one in his side yard. I think he's trying to figure out what to do with it.

Pay phones are still to be found. Bus, train stations, and airports usually have a (well hidden) bank of them.
 
2022-05-24 8:31:36 AM  
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2022-05-24 8:32:32 AM  

knbwhite: jimjays: My town has a pay phone outside one of the bigger businesses. I've never seen anyone using it and see people on their cells walking past it. I keep meaning to test it out of curiosity, but don't have coins when I think about it.

I wonder if whomever owns it decided it costs more to remove it than it's worth, and if no one else has the authority to take it out. As is, it's something like a museum exhibit: "Junior, when I was your age, people would put coins in big phones like that and use them to call people."

Does anyone understand "drop a dime on them" anymore?


I think "to dime someone out" will be lexicon forever. There are other artifacts like that in our vernacular. I'm sure people will be happy to volunteer examples.
 
2022-05-24 8:37:04 AM  
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2022-05-24 8:37:48 AM  
"Sometimes when Supe was stoppin' crimes
I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit
And turn his back on man
Join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city
Kept on changin' clothes
In dirty old phone booths 'til his work was through
Had nothin' to do but go on home"
 
2022-05-24 8:39:11 AM  

knbwhite: jimjays: My town has a pay phone outside one of the bigger businesses. I've never seen anyone using it and see people on their cells walking past it. I keep meaning to test it out of curiosity, but don't have coins when I think about it.

I wonder if whomever owns it decided it costs more to remove it than it's worth, and if no one else has the authority to take it out. As is, it's something like a museum exhibit: "Junior, when I was your age, people would put coins in big phones like that and use them to call people."

Does anyone understand "drop a dime on them" anymore?


Aside from your comment, I read it here on Fark recently. Sometime prior to 2000 I quit using the phrase because people didn't know it, and the conversation got sidetracked with talk of the actual cost of a phone call.
 
2022-05-24 8:43:20 AM  
A phone booth was a pivotal scene in the movie Marathon Man.  So was a crappy apartment, narrow dingy streets, and assorted garbage (New Yorkers).  So no phone booth, the rest still exists and they try, but it's still New York.
 
2022-05-24 8:49:03 AM  
I bought (off eBay) an old payphone (sans booth). Always wanted one, and my grandchildren (4 yrs and 18 mos) are the excuse I needed. It's a 3-slot, so you get the "ding" when you drop a coin in, and I have it hooked up to an old Panasonic mini-PBX so you can call other extensions.

Gotta get 'em while they're young, and activate the geek gene.
 
2022-05-24 8:50:09 AM  
H31N0US:
I think "to dime someone out" will be lexicon forever. There are other artifacts like that in our vernacular. I'm sure people will be happy to volunteer examples.

There are many that are so old that the context has been lost, and people end up using the wrong word. For example, "put through the ringer" or "free reign" (because washing machines don't have wringers, and hardly anyone rides horses any more.)
 
2022-05-24 8:52:35 AM  

GOSH BARN IT: A phone booth was a pivotal scene in the movie Marathon Man.  So was a crappy apartment, narrow dingy streets, and assorted garbage (New Yorkers).  So no phone booth, the rest still exists and they try, but it's still New York.


Old school telephone technology was a subplot of Three Days of the Condor.
 
2022-05-24 8:52:48 AM  
I think the last time I had to use a pay phone was to report our landline being down (literally).  I drove 9 miles to the nearest phone booth, only to discover that someone had broken the receiver into pieces.  I was able to make the call by holding the two critical dangling pieces separately.

I would have used my cell phone, but the lake was too rough for me to canoe out far enough to get a signal.

/Not in NYC
 
2022-05-24 9:03:23 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: London taxis, the current ones being new models that look similar to the old one because that way Londoners can recognise them easily.


Cool idea, they should have done that in NYC. I'd love a modernized Checker.
 
2022-05-24 9:09:42 AM  

puckrock2000: H31N0US:
I think "to dime someone out" will be lexicon forever. There are other artifacts like that in our vernacular. I'm sure people will be happy to volunteer examples.

There are many that are so old that the context has been lost, and people end up using the wrong word. For example, "put through the ringer" or "free reign" (because washing machines don't have wringers, and hardly anyone rides horses any more.)


My students still call using the " symbol for a repeated item (as for example this Fark thread about the last phone-booth) as 'ditto marks'. But WTF's a ditto? Kids these days now have one fewer thing to huff during boring classes.
 
2022-05-24 9:11:55 AM  

Gough: I think the last time I had to use a pay phone was to report our landline being down (literally).  I drove 9 miles to the nearest phone booth, only to discover that someone had broken the receiver into pieces.  I was able to make the call by holding the two critical dangling pieces separately.

I would have used my cell phone, but the lake was too rough for me to canoe out far enough to get a signal.

/Not in NYC


I understand. I've watched roadwork, idly wondered if there might come a need to canoe into town.
 
2022-05-24 9:35:05 AM  
I know someone who's happy it's been removed.
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2022-05-24 9:38:15 AM  

colinspooky: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: colinspooky: skell?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skell

Wow, like I have never heard that, ever


Mostly a NY thing, but yeah.  Any small-time POS type that'll steal, murder, maim, etc. for a buck.  Or just for the fun of it
 
2022-05-24 9:44:53 AM  
Trinity had never seen such bullshiat before.
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2022-05-24 9:45:35 AM  
You'll never miss them until you need one someday.
 
2022-05-24 9:46:36 AM  

Kegovitch: "Sometimes when Supe was stoppin' crimes
I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit
And turn his back on man
Join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city
Kept on changin' clothes
In dirty old phone booths 'til his work was through
Had nothin' to do but go on home"


I quoted that song in yesterday's thread.

::internet fist bump::
 
2022-05-24 9:54:39 AM  

KingKauff: I know someone who's happy it's been removed.
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Honestly... not a bad movie. I liked that one.
 
2022-05-24 9:57:28 AM  

GOSH BARN IT: A phone booth was a pivotal scene in the movie Marathon Man.  So was a crappy apartment, narrow dingy streets, and assorted garbage (New Yorkers).  So no phone booth, the rest still exists and they try, but it's still New York.


Your village called, they were looking for you.
 
2022-05-24 10:22:51 AM  
Is that an African or European crane?
 
2022-05-24 10:33:16 AM  

Rwa2play: GOSH BARN IT: A phone booth was a pivotal scene in the movie Marathon Man.  So was a crappy apartment, narrow dingy streets, and assorted garbage (New Yorkers).  So no phone booth, the rest still exists and they try, but it's still New York.

Your village called, they were looking for you.


Not a single cornfield and they call it civilized.   Sure.......
 
2022-05-24 10:45:30 AM  
Guess I don't need this anymore
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2022-05-24 11:06:45 AM  

GOSH BARN IT: Rwa2play: GOSH BARN IT: A phone booth was a pivotal scene in the movie Marathon Man.  So was a crappy apartment, narrow dingy streets, and assorted garbage (New Yorkers).  So no phone booth, the rest still exists and they try, but it's still New York.

Your village called, they were looking for you.

Not a single cornfield and they call it civilized.   Sure.......


If Branson Missouri were called "civilzed", I'd let the aliens from another galaxy take it over.  Might improve the scenery.
 
2022-05-24 11:39:26 AM  
Now we just need to bury all remaining copies of Hackers in the same pit as E.T. the game and that'll be that.
 
2022-05-24 12:44:46 PM  
my youth is gone and put in a museum
 
2022-05-24 12:44:54 PM  

Monocultured: Now we just need to bury all remaining copies of Hackers in the same pit as E.T. the game and that'll be that.


Nonsense.
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Hackers is one of the funniest movies ever made. It ages like fine cheese - runny at first, and more stinky as the years go by.
 
2022-05-24 12:53:42 PM  

pdieten: Carter Pewterschmidt: London taxis, the current ones being new models that look similar to the old one because that way Londoners can recognise them easily.

Cool idea, they should have done that in NYC. I'd love a modernized Checker.


You can probably buy a Checker Marathon (they come up for sale from time to time).  Swap in an LS engine in place of whatever it came with, add Vintage Air and some uprated Wilwood brakes with ABS.
 
2022-05-24 1:19:24 PM  
But where will Superman change?
 
2022-05-24 1:56:10 PM  

SwitchLord: But where will Superman change?


Superman doesn't need change any more. Have you tried fitting a dime into an iPhone? It will void your warranty.
 
2022-05-24 9:45:38 PM  
This article is one big fat lie.  Check scopes.com.
 
2022-05-24 9:46:16 PM  
Snopes.com.  My bad.
 
2022-05-25 1:42:41 AM  

Kegovitch: "Sometimes when Supe was stoppin' crimes
I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit
And turn his back on man
Join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city
Kept on changin' clothes
In dirty old phone booths 'til his work was through
Had nothin' to do but go on home"


Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon grundy...
 
2022-05-25 2:36:44 PM  

Single_Helix: Kegovitch: "Sometimes when Supe was stoppin' crimes
I'll bet that he was tempted to just quit
And turn his back on man
Join Tarzan in the forest
But he stayed in the city
Kept on changin' clothes
In dirty old phone booths 'til his work was through
Had nothin' to do but go on home"

Superman never made any money saving the world from Solomon grundy...


And sometimes I despair the world will never see another man like him ...
 
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