It is the end of an era.
New York City said goodbye to its last pay phone on Monday after it was in las city streets for years.
The last public phone was ripped from its place in Times Square, West 49th Street y 7th Avenuein a public eviction.
“Just as we transitioned from the horse and buggy to the automobile and from the automobile to the plane, the digital evolution has progressed from pay phones to high-speed Wi-Fi kiosks to meet the demands of our ever-changing daily communication needs. quickly,” Commissioner Matthew Fraser said in a news release.
In a world where cell phones rule the eyes and ears of many, the last call from the pay phone seemed inevitable.
New York City began “updating” payphones in 2015 with the introduction of LinkNYC kiosks, which replace old-school phones with new hubs for access to free calls, Wi-Fi and phone charging.
After its retirement, the pay phone will find a new home at the Museum of the City of New York, where it will be displayed as part of the city’s history.