I walk to and from work every single day and I have never seen a phone booth between here and the West Village but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. It turns out there are several. I just don’t see them because I have no use for them.
Try it when you walk around the city today. Actually LOOK for a phone booth and you will see they are still around. Better yet, pick up the receiver and dial 1-855-FOR-1993 and see who answers.
Maybe chef Mario Batali, actor Chazz Palminteri or former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott will answer the phone and reminisce about what New York City was like in 1993 when cell phones were a luxury, didn’t fit in your pocket and had an antenna!
An interactive exhibit all over Manhattan called “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” gives you a reason to pick up a payphone. And that’s exactly what we did!
We wanted to hear from Jim Abbott about pitching that no-hitter against the Indians in 1993 so we went to the payphone on Broadway & E. 4th. That’s where we ran into a problem. Neither one of us wanted to touch the receiver! So we found a willing pinch phone-toucher in Julio who had just finished smashing the tempermental receiver into the side of the booth.
“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year. Centering on 1993, the exhibition is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics.” – The New Museum
–Kim Berk, Fresh 102.7/NYC
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