New York Today: Welcoming a New Area Code
Good morning on this warming Friday.
Get used to it.
It’s New York City’s newest area code, which goes into effect tomorrow, joining 212 — the area code that New Yorkers covet — and 646.
So why do we need another area code, and why 332?
We asked John Manning, senior director at the North American Numbering Plan Administration, the group responsible for administering and assigning telephone numbers in the United States, that very question.
All phone numbers have a “prefix,” Mr. Manning explained. A prefix is the first three numbers that appear after the area code. But there are only 800 prefixes available for a given area code. As a result, 212 has used up all of its prefixes and those for 646 are projected to run out in the next several months, Mr. Manning said. Hence the need for the new area code.
The number 332 was a logical choice for New York City, he said: It’s different enough from the other area codes and prefixes in our region so that it won’t confuse customers.
“We’ve had this numbering plan since the late ’40s and early ’50s, and here we are 70 years later, still using the same numbering plan,” Mr. Manning said. “Yes, we’ve had changes within the number — the format of an area code and prefix — but we’re still using 10-digit numbers. So even though they didn’t see all of this coming, we certainly came up with a numbering plan flexible enough to account for the needs of all these years.”
Mr. Manning noted that even after a new area code is introduced, it generally takes some time for residents to encounter calls from these numbers.
If we’ve left your head spinning, fear not: With 212, 646 and 332, we should be set for at least another 30 years, Mr. Manning said.
What do you think of the city’s new 332 area code? Does it have a nice ring to it, or is there another number that better captures New York? Let us know in the comments.
Here’s what else is happening:
Calling all fans of soupy, summery weather — today’s your day.
It’ll be mostly sunny with a high of 81. And yet, there’s a chance that a flash thunderstorm will dampen your lunch break.
It’s the same story for Saturday: warm temperatures, soggy lunch.
Sunday is looking bright and toasty with highs in the low 90s.
• Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey characterized President Trump’s remarks to his F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, including demands of loyalty, as “normal New York City conversation.” [New York Times]
• A Columbia Law School professor helped leak one of the memos Mr. Comey wrote after meeting with Mr. Trump. [DNAinfo]
• Opposition to Mr. Christie’s push to repair the State House in Trenton has engendered a rarity in New Jersey: bipartisan consensus. [New York Times]
• A Bronx man cased Kennedy Airport as a site for potential terrorist attacks by Hezbollah, the authorities said. [New York Times]
• A video shows a police officer in New Jersey appearing to kick a man who emerged, in flames, from a car wreck. [New York Times]
• Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his diversity plan for city schools, and resisted using the word “segregated.” [New York Times]
• The mayor likes moving between subway cars, but it’s against the rules. [New York Times]
• Child marriage was sharply curtailed by the State Assembly. [New York Times]
• In “Big City,” Ginia Bellafante writes about the mayor’s view that he deserves his 11-mile drive to the gym, climate change or not. [New York Times]
• The city divested its pension fund from private prisons. [Gothamist]
• Health inspectors temporarily closed the historic Fraunces Tavern. [CBS]
• Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Two Dogs on a Sidewalk Named Desire”
• Scoreboard: Yankees unravel Red Sox, 9-1.
• For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Friday Briefing.
• Celebrate the French Open with screenings of the tennis matches, lessons on a clay court and more, at the Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza in Lower Manhattan. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. [Free]
• A Prince tribute concert, followed by a screening of the movie “Purple Rain,” at Herbert Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. 7 p.m. [Free]
• A screening of the film “E.T.” — part of the See It Big! Spielberg Summer series — at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. 7 p.m. [$15]
• George Thorogood and the Destroyers throw a “Rock Party” at St. George Theater on Staten Island. 8 p.m. [Tickets start at $49]
• Sit through “Awkward Family Dinner,” a comedy about exactly that, at the Peoples Improv Theater in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. 9:30 p.m. [$10]
• Yankees host Orioles, 7:35 p.m. (YES). Mets at Braves, 7:35 p.m. (SNY).
• Alternate-side parking remains in effect until June 25.
• Weekend travel hassles: Check subway disruptions and a list of street closings.
• The Human Rights Watch Film Festival continues at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side and the IFC Center in the West Village. Times and ticket prices vary.
• New York Road Runners provide guided runs through Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. 9 a.m. [Free]
• Red Hook Fest, a music and dance event, brings live performances to the Louis J. Valentino Jr. Park and Pier in Brooklyn. 2 to 7 p.m. [Free]
• The Harlem Swing Dance Society and Harlem Renaissance Orchestra host music and dance lessons at Marcus Garvey Park in East Harlem. 5 p.m. [Free]
• Watch the film “Hunger Games” under the stars, at the Willowbrook Park Archery Range on Staten Island. 8 p.m. [Free]
• Mets at Braves, 6:10 p.m. (WPIX). Yankees host Orioles, 7:15 p.m. (FOX).
• The 60th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade marches from 44th Street to 79th Street along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• The astrologer Russ Ross teaches a tarot card workshop at Q.E.D. in Astoria, Queens. 11 a.m. [$35]
• Gone fishing yet this season? Try catch-and-release freshwater fishing in Clove Lakes Park on Staten Island. 11 a.m. [Free]
• The Only in Queens Summer Festival brings food, live music and tours to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. 2 to 8 p.m. [Free]
• Children can bop to Michael Jackson hits during a family-friendly dance party at Brooklyn Bowl on Wythe Avenue. 12:30 p.m. [$10]
• Yankees host Orioles, 1:05 p.m. (YES). Mets at Braves, 1:35 p.m. (WPIX). Liberty host Storm, 3 p.m.
• For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.
The three-day Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, which began yesterday, brings some of the most promising horses in the world to New York City’s backyard each year.
The Belmont Stakes — the last of the Triple Crown’s contests, after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes — will be run tomorrow, Belmont Park’s most celebrated competition, with $1.5 million in prizes on the table.
Some star thoroughbreds to watch: Twisted Tom, Tapwrit, Gormley, J Boys Echo and Hollywood Handsome.
Post time for the first race today is at 12:50 p.m. You can still buy tickets, or check out the full schedule here.
You can get to the racetrack via the Long Island Rail Road, and there will be special service on Saturday.
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