Photos of Manhattan’s Own Disconnected Payphone Graveyard


Underneath Manhattan’s West Side Highway, at 135th and 12th Avenue, photographer Dave Bledsoe of FreeVerse Photography discovered something pretty cool: at least 100 old disconnected payphones stacked unceremoniously and rusting away.

It seems that the payphone is becoming a thing of the past. While some are replaced by higher-tech versions, the majority are just disappearing off of city streets — yet another of the smartphone’s conquests. What we didn’t know until now is that most of the ones in Manhattan seem to be stored under the same elevated piece of highway: a small alcove of history, tucked away under the busy streets of New York.

Bledsoe, of course, knows a photo opportunity when he sees one, and he jumped on this one right away. Initially, he thought to take the photos with his iPhone, but as he puts it “[his] irony levels are dangerously low these days.”

Here are a few more of the pictures he captured of the payphone graveyard:





To see more of Bledsoe’s work or check out all of the payphone pics he’s taken, head over to his “This Technology Has Been Disconnected” Flickr set or visit the FreeVerse Photography website.

(via Gothamist)

Image credits: Photographs by Dave Bladsoe

  • pierreevers

    How cool would it be to have one of these in your home acting like a real phone!

  • David Liang

    I’d totally want one for the home as a center piece

  • Ayden Gotzmer

    Just go down there and pick one up lol. I doubt they’d be missed.

  • Nathan Blaney

    Weird, I was JUST there and didn’t notice this. Gotta go back in the next few days and look harder.

  • ennuipoet

    I found them right at 135th and 12th Avenue, next to where the bike path runs down to the river. They are underneath the elevated Amtrak line right next to the West Harlem Piers Parks Department building.

    Dave Bledsoe

  • ennuipoet

    Thanks Petapixel! By the way, folks, this is why you always carry a camera with you! You never know what you will find and you really never know what the Internet will like!

    Dave Bledsoe

  • Bristol

    “Someday, Boomberg, this will all be yours…except for that area. That’s the Payphone Graveyard. You must never go there!”

  • Jake

    Leave only footprints, take only pictures, and let the rest of us enjoy the site as well.

  • SmallTypoGuys

    “between 135th and 12th ave”

    You mean, at 135th and 12th Ave.