Old-school phone booths hiding around the city

What a pair of beauties: Two wooden phone booths with hinged doors that close all the way and stools to relax on while you make your call.

In the left booth, a light even goes on when you shut the door.

They’re at Montero’s, the divey but warm Brooklyn bar at the river end of Atlantic Avenue.

The bartender said they were there when the place opened in this spot in 1947.

This row of phone booths, in the basement of the Whitney Museum, isn’t made of wood.

But they are actual booths, which is pretty rare these days, and worth noting.

I have no idea when they date to, but it’s from a time when museum directors had no idea the cell phone era was on its way.

Check out more examples of the phone booths still holding on around the city.

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6 Responses to “Old-school phone booths hiding around the city”

  1. Kaz Says:

    Ahh, a time when people actually conducted their telephone conversations in a place where there was quiet and they weren’t inflicting their conversation on everyone else. I hate cell phones. And I do love those phone booths!

  2. Lady G. Says:

    I really miss phone booths. It’s important to have a few still left working around the cities. There’s always that time where you don’t have a signal, your battery dies, you drop the dang thing and a host of other issues can prevent you from making an important call. I love the booth on the top, real nostalgic. 🙂

  3. Cody Says:

    I’m pretty sure there are still phone booths outside – on the street corner! – on West End Avenue in the lower 90s, say 93rd if I recall. Booth and all.

  4. esquared Says:

    NYC to transform old phone booths into 32-inch ‘smart screens’


    Sign of the apocalypse

  5. april Says:

    Around 1975, I had the extreme privilege of visiting the throne of a workingman’s aka dive bar right near the old Drake theatre on Woodhaven Blvd. in Queens. The folding wood door with plexiglass? was intact but the seat was an untidy bowl – in full view of everyone. Can’t say if the door zipped shut, but at least I didn’t attempt to do the opposite. Class acts like that need no encore.

  6. The wooden phone booths in a Chelsea dive bar « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] dark neighborhood bars and pubs often harbor a back-room secret: vintage wooden phone booths, the kind that used to exist all over New York […]

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