Phone boxes in NYC

A phonebox in New York CityBack in October of last year, I made my first trip to New York City. On a rather spur of the moment decision, I popped into the car on an early Saturday morning and drove the two hours north to New York. Crossing into Manhattan through the Lincoln Tunnel, I had arrived in the Big Apple.

One observation that I had about the city of New York was surprise at seeing so many telephone boxes along the streets. Those were being phrased out over the past 10 years, what with the rise of the mobile phone and all.

So, why does Manhattan have so many phone boxes? Do loads of people still use them? (I certainly didn’t see anyone using one during my 8 hours in there.) Could it be an on older city ordinance that requires the local phone company to keep them there?