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Pedestrian Delight: 40 phone booths will be removed

After years of advocacy ( since 2008!) and with the help of MCB4 District Manager Jesse Bodine  and Borough President Brewer and her staff,  DoiTT has finally confirmed in writing which phone booths will be removed and NOT be replaced by a LinkNYC installation. See the complete list HERE .
Some of them  do not comply […]

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Victory: Universal WiFi + Relocated Phone Booths

After more than 5 years of work by CB4 and CHEKPEDS,  the contract for the replacement of phone booths by WiFi “Links” was approved last week by the Commission for Franchises after DoiTT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the five Borough presidents. This MOU gives Community Boards a consultative role for the installation of […]

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Phone Booths: City issues RFP calling for ubiquitous free Wi-Fi

After many months of work and extensive consultations with the community , the Departement of Information Technology just  issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the creation of a robust, citywide network of Internet hotspots that will constitute one of the largest free Wi-Fi networks in the country, greatly increasing access to broadband connectivity across […]

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Phone Booths Relocation

In 2005 we undertook to remove a number of pay-phones from 9th Avenue’s sidewalks which are very narrow, overcrowded with furniture and sidewalk cafes and saturated with very large pay phones.
We learned from DoiTT that because of lawsuits underway , it was impossible to remove any pay phone until the contract renewal in 2011. However […]

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Last Call for Phone Booths guidelines

On Wednesday October 3rd, Manhattan Community Board 4  will vote on  recommendations for the future of phone booths as part of the new 2014 franchise  contract.
It is important that you document which problematic pay phone should be removed as part of the contract renewal. On 9th and 8th Avenues in Hell’s Kitchen there is more than twice […]

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Which Phone Booths should be removed?

Community Board 4 Transportation committee will examine suggestions for changes to be included in the next franchise contract to be enacted in 2014. This will ensure that the next contract will allow community boards to obtain removal and relocations of phone booths, which are taking a disproportionate space on our sidewalks considering the generalized use […]

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CB4 to DoiTT: Many payphones are inappropriate to preserve beyond the current franchise

Manhattan Community Board gave the Department of Information Technology  its preferences for the RFI under way for a future phone booths.  The current franchise contract expires in 2014. Many neighbors showed up at the committee hearings to speak of installations they would like to see removed.
The letter offers many suggestions about services (WiFi)  appearance (slim, […]

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Phone Booth of the Future project up to a good start

Eight months ago, the Transportation Committee of Manhattan CB4 invited other Community Boards to share their concerns with the current phone booths, and their wishes for a Phone Booth of the Future. Many concerns were shared by a majority ( too bulky, attracts crime, not working, not used, cannot be removed) and a few design […]

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Happy New Year

We wish you a very healthy and happy 2021. 2020 highlighted our vulnerabilities and the extraordinary resilience of New Yorkers.

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In this grim context the changes brought about by the confinement were extraordinary : the Open Streets program initiated by Council Speaker Johnson opened 90 miles of streets to pedestrians and bicycles […]

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Finally more space for pedestrians in Hell’s Kitchen!

Our community has been asking for the removal of phone booths for years. These bulky and ugly appliances have given shelter to illegal activities, while being of very limited utility and taking up a lot of real estate on our sidewalks where the crowding is intense. They were there to support advertising .
We started working […]

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