Manhattan is removing its last retired parking meter today in favor of the Multispace Muni-Meter, "a solar-powered box, equipped with Wi-Fi, that can handle eight parking spaces at once and can shut itself down on free-parking Sundays." The old ones remaining on the island will be transformed into bike racks, while those in other boroughs will be replaced over the next year at a cost of $34 million, or $4,392 per Muni-Meter. The nostalgic Old New York guard can pay respects to the obsolete machines at their graveyard under the Queensboro Bridge on-ramp, where they're being piled until there's somewhere better to put them or the city auctions them off. One group with the right to miss them are the mechanics in Queens who fiddled with the archaic models using butter knives and nail files. "At one time," said the shop supervisor, "we were the largest shop in the world."
Most Viewed Stories
The 7 Best Lines From The Simpsons’ Food Network Send-up
Julianna Margulies Insists There’s No Feud Between Her and Archie Panjabi; Archie Panjabi May Disagree
Meryl Streep’s T-Shirt Promoting Suffragette Is Unfortunate
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer Hung Out With Their Male Equivalents, Chris Pratt and Aziz Ansari
The Big Secret of Every Dating App: Tech Doesn’t Matter
Times Square: The City’s Id, Now and Always
Stephen Colbert Gave a Searing Monologue on Guns, Trump, and ‘Honest Insanity’
Quantico Recap: Spot the Needle
Adam Platt on the Best New Breakfasts in New York Right Now
What’s New on Netflix: October 2015
Latest News from Daily IntelligencerNo, Depressed American Towns Do Not Look Like Zimbabwe
Are trade deals turning the United States into Zimbabwe?California Becomes Fifth State to Adopt ‘Right-to-Die’ Law
Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial legislation Monday.Commercial Flight Lands Safely After Death of Pilot
The American Airlines plane, which was on its way from Phoenix to Boston, made an emergency landing in Syracuse.House Will Choose Boehner’s Replacement One Day Before He Says ‘Bye!’
The other leadership positions will be filled at a to-be-determined date.Pizza Rat Just Got Slightly Sexier
Happy Halloween.South Carolina Floods Kill at Least 9
"This flood disaster has been like nothing South Carolina has ever seen."Edward Snowden to DOJ: Call Me Maybe?
The NSA whistle-blower is ready to go to jail, if necessary.On Eve of Playoffs, CC Sabathia Is Checking Himself Into Rehab
"I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player."Let’s Be Honest: The Pope Probably Agrees With Kim Davis on Same-Sex Marriage
Liberals are deluding themselves about Francis's openness and radicalism.Long Island Doctor, Mother of 3, Found Dead After Night Out in City
A Post source says the Manhasset dermatologist used cocaine that night with a Facebook pal.
The 21-year-old Joo Won-moon was captured after he crossed over from China.Amtrak Train Derails in Vermont
No fatalities have been reported so far.Biden Will Maybe Decide Whether to Run for President Soon
As soon as this weekend, according to reports.Missing Cargo Ship Sank in Hurricane, One Body Recovered
Twenty-eight Americans were aboard.Leaders Give Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal a Thumbs-up
But the arguing on the outside will continue evermore.Jack Dorsey Officially Becoming Twitter’s Permanent CEO
Switch-hitter Jack Dorsey returns to "prime time."John Oliver: Why Do We Only Talk About Mental Health After Mass Shootings?
"The aftermath of a mass shooting might actually be the worst time to talk about mental health."Clinton Tacks to Sanders’s Left With New Gun-Control Push
She’ll call for legislative and executive action to close loopholes.Chris Christie Still Prefers Death to Serving in Congress
“I would rather jump off the Brooklyn Bridge,” he says.Times Square: The City’s Id, Now and Always
The desnudas started only the latest battle in a century-long struggle over what the crossroads of the world means to New York.