New York City removes its last surviving public payphone

Observing the end of a coin-dependent bygone era, officials held a send-off ceremony of sorts earlier today for the final pair of surviving standalone public pay phones on the streets of New York City. Located at Seventh Avenue and 49th Street, the dual-phone Midtown kiosk was the last of its kind in operation prior to its removal, making it to very end of a drawn-out sweep of the city’s roughly 8,000 pay phones that first began in 2015.

Although the once-ubiquitous NYC public pay phone is now extinct (or maybe not?), some private pay phones on public property do remain. Also still in existence

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