I’m not sure what this Marijuana reform campaign is about but the dead payphones are still proving useful for somekind of communication. The top image has always felt very serene to me although the various people passing through the frame are in suspended moments of individual tension.
In 2013, Mayor Bloomberg asked designers to reimagine the city’s decrepit pay phones as internet-flinging, ad-spitting future machines. The winners were simply design concepts, never truly destined for reality. Now, the city is moving forward with the plan to retrofit its pay phones, after all.
The City of New York has issued a request for proposals to turn its aging public pay phones into a citywide WiFi network. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications wants help turning the city’s more than 7,300 pay phones int…
"R.I.P. Avonte" Coney Island, Brooklyn. 10.14.13 Photo@JesseWinter
This was the sad year Avonte Oquendo went missing from a school in my neighborhood in Long Island City, Queens. His face became recognizable all over New York City as the search went on for many months until his remains were discovered. It is completely impossible to imagine the level of grief a family experiences when the call they are praying for never comes. Avonte was incredibly loved and will always be a part of our collective consciousness as a community.
Sometimes I personify payphones and wonder what they would say themselves if they could speak. Maybe someday we’ll see this animation or maybe I’ll make it.. as if they are watching us and waiting for someone to touch them…the quiet observer who stays in one place listening to us talk. It could be amusing.
"No Smoking for You." 03.14.14 6ave @ 23rd st. Photo: JesseWinter
I grabbed this while in the middle of shooting some video around the neighborhood for a commission we were racing the clock. This reminds of the how easy it is to feel alone and abandoned in a city that is constantly changing around you where nothing is sacred except our individual experiences if we can take the time to just be still for a moment and aware.
Was walking down the avenue and saw this man having a full on conversation on the phone and was adding more coins which meant he had lots to say. He had figured out a way to set his bike at just the right angle to use it as a seat to have a comfortable conversation…. 147th and Amsterdam Ave. Harlem NYC.