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About New York City
While the 212 area code conjures images of a high-rise office in Manhattan, the 917 area code is a bit more classic, a bit more old-school New York. It serves all five boroughs of New York City, meaning it stretches from The Bronx to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Personified by the bright lights of Broadway, yellow cab taxis, and some of the world’s best museums, the New York City 917 area code has quite a bit to offer. Explore Times Square and Central Park in Manhattan before gallivanting off to Coney Island or gazing at the tigers at the Bronx Zoo. With numerous skyscrapers, restaurants, and distinct neighborhoods to discover, there’s nothing you can’t find in the 917 area code.
Because the 917 area code serves all of New York City’s five boroughs it means that it stretches all the way from the northernmost parts of the Bronx down to Staten Island, serving New Yorkers from over 250 neighborhoods found within the five boroughs. Serving over 8.3 million residents within just 300 square miles, the 917 area code covers a variety of citizens from each of New York City’s five boroughs, including well-known hotspots such as Downtown Flushing, Prospect Park, and Yankee Stadium.
The History of 917
The History of 917
As New York City’s oldest mobile area code, the 917 area code has had to compete with the 212 area code and a few others for its status as one of the most coveted and sought-after area codes in New York City. The 212 area code was originally used for all of New York City’s boroughs, but beginning in the 1980s, the North American Numbering Plan had to split the boroughs into two groups. Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island received the 718 area code while a 212 number was reserved only for Manhattan and The Bronx. It wasn’t until 1992 when the 917 area code was introduced as the go-to for all mobile phones and pagers throughout the city. All other previous numbers used for mobile phones and pagers were switched over to the 917 area code to free up other numbers for landlines. And, while the FCC eventually ruled against providers restricting certain area codes to particular services, 917 numbers had already grown to become popular as a symbol of New York City, especially in the days when mobile phones were just becoming popular and widely-used to indicate status.