Judge: “Put Those Fireboxes To Use!” (But Can You Find One That Works?)
The city asked a judge to lift a 1996 injunction that blocked an earlier attempt to remove the call boxes.
Officials estimated that the deactivation of the street-box system would save $6.3 million a year. It also argued that most residents use cell phones for emergency calls.
Members of the deaf community are applauding the judge’s decision, saying it will keep thousands of hearing-impaired New Yorkers safe.
Astrictly unofficial study of fireboxes in Canarsie and the surrounding areas found a surprising number of boxes that were: 1). filled with garbage; 2). completely gutted, with the only sections remaining being a shell and 3). completely gutted and filled with garbage. Oh, yes, there were a few – very few – that seemed to be in operating condition.