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Say Goodbye to Pay Phones

A pedestrian checks her phone while waiting at a crosswalk near a defunct pay phone at the corner of Broadway and West 231st Street. Some of the last few pay phones in Kingsbridge could be replaced by LinkNYC kiosks, which would bring free Wi-Fi, smartphone charging, a tablet to access city services, maps and directions to a handful of spots in the neighborhood — not just on Broadway, but also along Bailey Avenue.
(photo/Julius Constantine Motal via The Riverdale Press)

Where will Superman change? Pay telephones, long thought to be extinct, still have homes along Broadway and in parts of Kingsbridge. But a story in The Riverdale Press said that these last relics of the pre-cell phone, pre-WiFi time may be on the way out in favor of digital technology.

LinkNYC kiosks have started becoming more and more visible in Manhattan, and now they are prepared to infiltrate the Bronx. These stations, that use the same transmission lines as the pay phones did, not only provide handy locations to charge your phone and free WiFi for all in the area, but are the perfect size for posters for advertisers.

The kiosks haven’t been universally praised, though. With the growing possibility of pay phones disappearing from Kingsbridge, some Community Board 8 members are concerned they might lose their classic, and pay phones booths that some prefer.

Read the full January 13, 2019 story by Zak Kostro in THE RIVERDALE PRESS…

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