New York City Public Payphones: How Many Are Left?

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In January 2013 there were 11,249 working payphones in public locations citywide, a decline of almost
50 percent since 2008.

  • The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have seen decreases of about 60 percent.
  • The number of payphones has fallen 33 percent in Manhattan and 52 percent in Queens.

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The city collects 10 percent of revenue from calls placed from payphones and 36 percent of revenue from advertisements on the payphones.

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  • City revenue from calls has declined steadily since 2008.
  • City revenue from advertising has increased sharply since 2010.

SOURCE: Department of Information Technology and Telelcommunications

Prepared by Nashla Salas
New York City Independent Budget Office

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