I love it when readers send me photos of wooden phone booths. These are the readers who truly follow the blog and know what it's about.
"Kevin" sent this picture of a previously undetected booth at the Niagara Bar in the East Village, at Avenue A and E. 7th. I know the bar well. No phone inside the booth, it goes without saying. Just a mop, broom and a bucket. The indignity!
The booth obviously dates from pre-Niagara days. Niagara isn't that old. In the 1970s, this was a City-sponsored "friendship center for older adults" In the '80s, it was King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, a jazz club. In the '90s, it was Wally's Midtown. But the booth surely predates all three.