Transcript for End of an era
- Star of film and chart topping star of radio--
- (SINGING) I'm at a payphone
- --the payphone, meeting an untimely demise in Manhattan on Monday.
- We're sorry your call cannot be completed as dialed.
- The very last payphone of 8,000 in New York City disconnected from its longtime home on 50th Street and 7th Avenue, a handful of city officials on hand as the metal, two-phone booth was carted off into oblivion.
Only hours since its removal and a makeshift memorial has already sprung up here with mourners coming to pay their respects. And by mourners, I mean me, and by makeshift memorial, I mean these flowers that I bought at a bodega across the street. But don't be too sad you guys, because the payphone has already found a forever home.
The steel phone bank headed to the Museum of the City of New York to take its place in the Analog City exhibition. While we do know who's responsible for the death of the radio star.
- (SINGING) Video killed the radio star.
- Authorities have yet to name a responsible party for this case, the demise of the payphone, though many suspect this is the likely party. The rise of cell phones rendering payphones obsolete and the booths becoming susceptible to vandalism in recent years. And where payphones once stood strong, these LinkNYC digital billboards taking their place, offering free Wi-Fi hotspots and a place to charge a smartphone. Since they were installed, LinkNYC has enabled more than 3 billion Wi-Fi sessions, with more than 10 million subscribers. And in the Big Apple, anyone desperate for a dose of nostalgia can still find for walk-in old school phone booths located on the Upper West Side.
And in the UK, those iconic red phone booths are being phased out as well, unless the booth is used at least 52 times over a 12-month period, then they can stay. And many of the decommissioned booths there have been converted to a range of different uses like a tiny community library or to house public defibrillators. Kind of a good idea.
- It makes me sad.
- It really does.
- End of an era.
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