It's officially out with the old, and in with the new for NYC ... cause the Big Apple's last public payphone booth is unplugged.
Officials removed the historic gem Monday morning --
located on 7th Ave. and 50th St. in Midtown Manhattan -- and it was
truly the last of its kind.
And, just like that, no one will be asking for a dime to
make a phone call anymore. This marks the end of the New York City
public payphone era.
There are still 4 full-length so-called "Superman booths"
in Manhattan's Upper West Side -- and, as you might expect, they're
essentially museum pieces ... where kids use 'em for Instagram
The city started taking thousands of payphones off the
streets, across all five boroughs back in 2015 ... and switched them out
for public Wi-Fi hotspots.
The Wi-Fi hotspots allow folks to have free Wi-Fi, along
with free phone calls within the U.S., access to social services
directory, transit and weather alerts ... and folks can also charge many
of their devices.
The Wi-Fi hotspots will reportedly have 5G technology this summer ... making it extremely efficient for New Yorkers.