Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1 more year for the phone book, apparently

I recalled reading last summer that Verizon was ending the print distribution of its business directory (aka telephone books) in New York.

According to published reports, "the company delivered 6.3 million business directories [in 2015]. Verizon estimates that by eliminating the printing of massive phone books it will save 13,600 tons of paper per year from entering the waste system."

In any event, as you may have noticed in recent days, Verizon has dropped a few tons of phone books off around the neighborhood...


[3rd Street between C and D]


[7th Street between A and 1st]


[6th Street between A and B]

In one case, I noticed that someone actually took one of the books...


[3rd Street between A and 1st]

I took one too — just to see if they listed EVG correctly... oh well — maybe next year...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I never understood how Verizon got away with dumping those useless books on every doorstep for all these years. It is as if they were doing the community a service instead homeowners and supers have yet more material to put out for recycling day.

Anonymous said...

EVG is listed in the "E" section of the book. Maybe you have been looking for the listing in all the wrong sections?

Anonymous said...

Shame on Verizon. This is 2017. We don't need a phone book. Everything is digital. This is just an obscene waste of paper, which is horrible for the environment. This is certainly not eco-friendly or modern. I haven't peered into a phone book for almost ten years. Phone books need to be abolished.

Downtowner said...

We had a huge stack outside our building. They didn't even bother putting them in the lobby. Just left them outside.

I still remember the fat yellow pages and white pages. Now it's like a pamphlet compared to those old books.

Gojira said...

In the 1980s I was flipping through the White Pages and ran across a listing for one Rudolph von Eggcream on the Upper East Side. Thought I was having an acid flashback and checked again, but there it was. Every year when the new book came out I would look it up, and it was still there, but for some reason it never occurred to me to pick up the phone and call the number, I just thought it was one of those wonderful oddities prevalent in NYC back then. It was not until after his death that I started reading articles that it was a listing the actor Tony Randall had set up for private reasons. Could kick myself now for not dialing!

DrGecko said...

Huh. There's a listing for a Funeral Ho, with the suggestive name of "Peters." This is a religious custom I'm not familiar with.