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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 8:27:13 AM  
13 votes:

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 7:58:21 AM  
10 votes:
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2022-05-24 8:49:03 AM  
10 votes:
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 8:16:29 AM  
9 votes:
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 10:45:30 AM  
6 votes:
Guess I don't need this anymore
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2022-05-24 8:52:35 AM  
5 votes:

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 9:44:53 AM  
5 votes:
Trinity had never seen such bullshiat before.
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2022-05-24 8:31:29 AM  
4 votes:

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 12:44:54 PM  
4 votes:

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 6:48:12 AM  
3 votes:
skell?
 
2022-05-24 8:25:00 AM  
3 votes:

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: colinspooky: skell?

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


Wow, like I have never heard that, ever
 
2022-05-24 8:50:09 AM  
3 votes:
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 8:52:48 AM  
3 votes:
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 9:09:42 AM  
3 votes:

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 9:54:39 AM  
3 votes:

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 8:22:11 AM  
2 votes:
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 7:40:22 AM  
1 vote:
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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 8:32:32 AM  
1 vote:

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 8:37:48 AM  
1 vote:
"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  
1 vote:

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  
1 vote:
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 9:35:05 AM  
1 vote:
I know someone who's happy it's been removed.
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2022-05-24 9:45:35 AM  
1 vote:
You'll never miss them until you need one someday.
 
2022-05-24 9:57:28 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:06:45 AM  
1 vote:

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 12:44:46 PM  
1 vote:
my youth is gone and put in a museum
 
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