Phone booths in NYC turned into co-working spaces by prankster group


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/13/phone-booths-in-nyc-turned-int.html


#2

Laugh now, but that’s where we’re headed…


#3

I could see trying it out for a day, if the weather’s nice, but the noise of New York traffic!


#4

i don’t see how they were able to change out the posters and other things without a cop walking by and asking them wtf they thought they were doing.


#5

And the smell…


#6

This is basically already a thing here in London.

See here: https://www.lovefone.co.uk/pages/press-info
And here:
https://youtu.be/ryHhnXoC708


#7

You still have phone booths?


#8

black or white…?


#9

??


#10

I’ve been sitting down in the middle of the sidewalk with my laptop. It’s more “disruptive.”

They’re wearing reflective vests. You can get away with anything while wearing reflective vests.


#11

In my experience, there are plenty of folks who do their business in NYC phone booths.


#12


Interior cameras and AI sex detectors might stop that.


#13

Well, for some things you also need a clipboard.


#14

I’m afraid I’m not sufficiently corporate woke to get what cowork spaces are. I mean… I read the Wikipedia article, I get understand the concept. I just don’t get it. It just sounds like a coffee shop with guaranteed outlets for your laptop.


#16

High-viz vests make you completely invisible!

A two-way radio, Motorola brand preferred, is also a very useful accessory for this sort of thing.


#17

About 100,000 are left, down from 2 million in 1999. 20,000 of those remaining are in NYC.

The major carrier have all bailed on them, so those which remain are owned and operated by about a thousand different local companies. Occasionally you see them in remote national parks where mobile phone service is unreliable or nonexistent.


#18

#19

Some people just don’t get along very well with themselves. And/or need a clean geographical break between work and non-work life.

If there was one down the street on my block, so I could easily walk there and back whenever, even in bad weather, I might consider it. But otherwise it’s just not worth it to me. I get along well with myself, and the convenience of commuting from my bedroom to my office in my jammies outweighs the benefits of a geographical break that would require actual travel.


#20

So, this is… satire? Help me out here, because it doesn’t seem that far-fetched. I mean, give me some noise cancelling headphones and a homeless bodyguard to chase off the pickpockets and I’m sold.


#21

…and a confident wave.