212: “the only acceptable area code for a Manhattanite”

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“Seinfeld’s” Elaine, who stole her dead neighbor’s 212 phone number

 

Manhattan is getting yet another area code by late 2017. But for some, the iconic 212 area code, remains a must have status symbol and “the only acceptable area code for a Manhattanite.” Demand for the number has never been higher.

“It’s New York City’s phone number,” Kelli Parker, a Boston transplant, told the New York Times. “It’s a status symbol most definitely.”

Parker scored her 212 the same way most ambitious new New Yorkers do these day – through a broker.

Usually, phone numbers are assigned cost free, but for years 212 numbers have been selling for anywhere from $75 to more than $1,000, according to the Times.

“I wanted the local [212] number on my résumé,” said David Cole, 40. “I think people my age more strongly associate their area code with geography, whereas younger people might think it’s just a random number,” he added. “I grew up when making a long-distance phone call was actually a thing.” [NYT] Christopher Cameron

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