I grew up on lower 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. There used to be a lot of pay phones around there, and I spent much of my youth dropping quarters into them. No, I wasn’t a drug dealer—back in the days of NYNEX, this is just what people did (especially people who lived with their parents in small apartments and occasionally wanted to have a private conversation).
Quite a few of the phones I used to use are still around and many still work, but I almost never see any of them in use. Last weekend my friend Dan Scofield and I decided to see if we could drum up some business for my old telephonic friends.
Dan did a really fantastic job putting this together. He’s currently working on a film about jazz legend Sonny Simmons, a saxophonist in NYC. You should definitely check it out.