Lynch Farms Inc (212) 751-3444
New York City was given area code 212, one of the original area codes when they were assigned in 1947, because it was one of the fastest that could be dialed under NANPA's rules of the time. At the time, 0 and 1 were not allowed as the first digit, the second digit was either 0 or 1, and the third digit could not be the same as the second digit. With the rotary dialing technology of the time, NANPA wanted to keep the number of "clicks" to a minimum for major cities, so New York City was given an area code with five clicks, the fewest possible under NANPA's original rules.
For most of the next four decades, New York City was the world's largest toll-free calling zone. On September 1, 1984, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island were split off as area code 718, leaving Manhattan and the Bronx in 212. In 1992, the Bronx was shifted to 718, reducing 212 to cover most of Manhattan. The entire city was overlaid with area code 917 in 1992, and the 212 territory was overlaid with area code 646 in 1999. 917 was the original area code, then, for cell phones in Manhattan. When those ran out, 646 was added for cell phone lines as well. 212 remains a land line area code and is almost impossible to get for new subscribers (see below). Therefore, some newer land lines in Manhattan have a 917 area code (and, at times, a 646 area code). In addition, the Inwood section in far northern Manhattan is overlaid with area code 347, which also began as a cell phone area code.
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