Plan to Replace All NYC Payphones Is Approved

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Officials greenlight a plan to build a citywide wireless internet network.



The Future Payphone: Gigabit Speed and Free Wi-Fi on NYC Streets

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faster than an express train, New York City plans to turn payphones into the largest, fastest (and free) Wi-Fi network in the world.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's In Store For Those Old Payphone Kiosks?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The current contract to service NYC's payphones expires this October. Here are the various proposals being floated to re-purpose the old kiosks all around us (free WIFI anyone?).

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Firms Bid to Revamp NYC Payphones

Monday, July 21, 2014


They'll be WiFi hotspots, digital ad displays, and even pollution sensors. Monday is the deadline for proposals to modernize the city's payphones and payphone kiosks.



Hanging Up on Payphones

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New York City issues a Request for Proposals to replace more than 7,000 public payphones.

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Would You Take a Collect Call From the Pope?

Friday, March 28, 2014

How does the one true omnipotent God, outside of time and space, communicate through the Holy Father in Rome?

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How Many Payphones Are Left in the City?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just how much does it cost to make a call on a payphone these days?  Then again, will it even work if you find one?


The Brian Lehrer Show

1993 Calling

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A new project from the New Museum and Droga5 has re-purposed New York City payphones to share stories from 20 years ago. Pick up a phone, call 1-855-FOR-1993, and you'll hear a story about that block in '93. And if you're in TriBeCa, Inwood, or the Upper West Side, you'll hear Brian Lehrer's voice!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Payphones Repurposed

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Rachel Haot, chief digital officer for the City of New York, discusses the six designs for reinvented payphones and how you can vote for your favorite.

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New Tech City

Redesigning NYC's 11,412 Payphones for the Digital Age

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The 11 semifinalists in the Bloomberg administration's Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge imagined payphone kiosks with air pollution sensors, solar-powered cell phone chargers and screens controlled by hand gestures and voice commands. 

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