Times Square Phone Booth, pre-11 digit dialing

Why isn't everyone up in arms about the new 11-digit dialing that starts February first? You'd think that Gawker or someone would be covering it. It seems like a crime that dialing up Ollie's for chinese food will take just as long as calling up someone in Nebraska. I'm an old pro at 11 digit dialing, because my parents live in Brooklyn. For those of you who are new to it, just dial 1, then the area code, and then the number! Easy as pie. More information: Verizon FAQ on 11 Digit Dialing. The New York Times reports that the city tried to fight the new area code rule.

The whole thing reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld where Elaine gets a 646 number:


MAN: You're probably one of those women who doesn't like to give out her number.
ELAINE: No, I'm not. Here you go.
MAN: 646?
ELAINE: It's a new area code.
MAN: What area? New Jersey?
ELAINE: No, no. It's right here in the city. It's the same as 212. They just multiplied it by 3, and then they added one to the middle number. It's the same.
MAN: Do I have to dial a one first?
Elaine nods and the man crumples up her number.
MAN: I'm really kinda seein' somebody.
ELAINE: Yeah? Well, so am I!