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The payphone’s number was called with the arrival of LinkNYC technology. Each of these kiosks will, over the next couple years, gradually replace the remaining payphones dotting the landscape. Indeed, the city plans to install 4,550 hot-spots by July 2019.
Nostalgists are in mourning. So much so, that one Nick Smatt orchestrated and produced a “funeral” for the dead device. The stunt was filmed near the corner of Bleecker Street and Sixth Avenue.
The video is more of a “think piece” than comedic sketch, commentary on the loss of this stationary communication.
We are saying farewell to one of the first pieces of technology that was intended to magically connect two people. The pay phone kept people still and in one place. It was reliable; we knew where to find it. Perhaps it reminded us to phone a loved one and the value of a coin … and kept communication purposeful and concise. No wasted time. It kept us equal, used by anyone.