You Can Now Access 1993 From Any NYC Pay Phone

Quick: If you are in Manhattan, go to a pay phone and dial 1-855-FOR-1993. This isn’t a joke. It’s art.

Guys. Some genius came up with the idea to turn Manhattan’s 5,000 pay phones (for the children out there, these are like community cell phones) into time machines. This is all actually part of an exhibit at the New Museum called NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star. Here’s how it works:

1. Go to a Manhattan pay phone. Bring Purell.
2. Hope that none of your friends see you using said pay phone. (JKs!)
3. Dial 1-855-FOR-1993. This won’t cost you any money.
4. Listen to oral histories about the year 1993. There are, according to the New Museum, “never-been-told stories of sweeping change and personal experiences tied to the neighborhood where [you’re] standing.”

Who will you hear from? Central figures of NYC’s ’90s scene like Robin Byrd or Mario Batali and other folks talking about anything from fashion to crime to MetroCards. Cool, right? You can find a map of pay phones at

3. An explanation of the project and preview…

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