08 April 2013

Wooden Phone Booth Sighting: Niagara Bar

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.


Ed said...

I also know the bar now, and damn it if the previous incarnations don't sound more interesting than the current version. Especially King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.

dmarks said...

And NYC's version of Doctor Who makes another appearance.

ron shapley said...

Are you familiar with the wooden phone booths inside the Pharmacy at w 145 & Amsterdam ??