Officially, he came out with the old one, and with the new one for New York … because the last public payphone booth of the Big Apple is off.
Officials removed the historic gem on Monday morning – located on 7th Avenue and 50th Street in downtown Manhattan – and it was truly the last of its kind.
And, just like that, no one will ask for a penny more to call. This marks the end of the era of public payphones in New York.
The Upper West Side of Manhattan still has four so-called “Superman booths” in full growth – and, as expected, they are essentially museum pieces … where children use them for photo shoots on Instagram.
In 2015, the city began removing thousands of payphones from the streets in all five districts … and switched them to public Wi-Fi hotspots.
Wi-Fi hotspots allow people to have free Wi-Fi as well as free phone calls to the U.S., access to social services, traffic and weather alerts … and people can also charge many of their devices.
It is reported that this summer Wi-Fi hotspots will have 5G technology … which makes it extremely effective for New Yorkers.