Storied Greenwich Village Space —
It was one of the last holdouts in Greenwich Village. Sadly, the phone booth outside 176 MacDougal Street – former home to Shakespeare’s – has been removed. It’s hard to understand the removal of every last phone booth in New York City. For one, not every person in the world has a cell phone. On 9/11, cell phone service went out and there were long lines outside of the available phones on the street.
Now it’s gone.
Storied History of 176 MacDougal Street
176 MacDougal Street, one block from the park, has a long history as both a much-loved Village restaurant, Shakespeare’s, in the 1970s until the early 90s and then a much needed community laundromat, Hong Wah, which was sadly felled by a suspicious fire in early 2013.
There was something nice about seeing that long time phone booth there.
Previously at Washington Square Park Blog: