With the imminent demise of New York City’s pay phones in 2014, it seems miraculous that the wooden phone booths of fifty or sixty years ago still survive in private spaces. We’ve rounded up seven of the last stragglers, most of which are tucked away in bars and restaurants throughout the city.
The New York Public Library’s semi-famous row of old phone booths in the basement
Located in the main branch, or Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in Midtown, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street. The basement has a rather famous row of wooden phone booths, pictured above. Library employees have been known to use these booths for privacy––to make calls on their mobile phones.