Area codes 718, 347, and 929

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The blue area is New York State; the red area is area code 718.

North American area codes 718, 347, and 929 are New York City telephone area codes in the boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as the Marble Hill section of Manhattan. They are overlaid by area code 917, which covers the entirety of New York City.

History[edit]

On September 1, 1984, the 718 area code was created and assigned to the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. In 1992, The Bronx and Marble Hill were added to area code 718 (having previously been part of area code 212).

On October 1, 1999, area code 347 was added as an overlay to area code 718.

On December 16, 2009, the New York Public Service Commission approved an additional overlay of the 718/347 area code region.[1][2] On January 22, 2010, NeuStar-NANPA issued a press release (through PR-NewsWire) that 929 is to be the new area code to further overlay the New York City 718 and 347 area codes of boroughs outside Manhattan.[3] Area code 929 went into effect on April 16, 2011.

Area code 917 overlays area codes 718, 347, and 929, as well as area codes 212 and 646 in Manhattan.

Marble Hill[edit]

One Manhattan neighborhood, Marble Hill, is not in the 212/646 area code but the 718/347/929 codes.[4]

Marble Hill used to be attached to Manhattan Island.[4] After the Harlem River Ship Canal was built in 1895, Marble Hill was physically separated from Manhattan Island.[5] Soon after, the Spuyten Duyvil Creek was filled in with landfill, physically connecting Marble Hill to the Bronx.[4] The Greater New York Charter of 1897 officially stated that Marble Hill is part of the borough of Manhattan.[4]

When the Bronx's area code was about to be changed from 212 to 718 in 1992, Marble Hill residents fought to stay in 212.[4] Because Marble Hill's telephone trunk line is wired into the Bronx line, and it would have been too expensive for New York Telephone to rewire it, and Marble Hill was changed to the 718 area code at the same time as the Bronx.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

This area code was celebrated in the 1998 2 Skinnee J's song "718", in which the rappers tell of people moving from Manhattan (212) to other boroughs (718) for lower rent.[6]

Hip-hop group Theodore Unit (which includes Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah) released an album entitled 718, an homage to their home of Staten Island, which is contained within the 718 area code. Rapper/actor Mos Def refers to the 718 area code in his song "Sunshine", and in M.O.P.'s song "Ante Up", they mention "repping 1–718 dangerously".

"718" is a track produced by DJ Premier from Jaz-O & Immobilarie album Kingz Kounty.

The area code was briefly mentioned in the song "Don't Be One" by American Metal band Emmure.

The mixtape Return of the PLK contains the song titled "718 Nigga" by Rapper Lloyd Banks.

The FannyPack album See You Next Tuesday contains the song "Seven One Eight". This song was featured in the Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 episode "Paris...".

The area code was mentioned as part of Barney Stinson's citation of many New York area codes in the How I Met Your Mother episode "No Tomorrow".

On the episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Maid," Elaine says that she used to be "a 718" which made her "cry every night".

"718" was referred to in the "Salon of the Dead" episode of Gossip Girl as the "slums".

Included in the 2001 song "Area Codes" as one of the many locations where rapper Ludacris has "hoes".[7]

A number from the +1-347 area code appears as "Come forth and call 489-4608, and I'll be here"[8] in the lyrics of "Diary", a track on album The Diary of Alicia Keys.[9]

In Sex and the City, when Carrie returns from Mexico and her personal assistant Louise procures a new cell phone number, Louise begins to tell Carrie her new phone number, beginning with the 347 area code. Carrie interrupts insisting she's a "917 girl," to which Louise responds, "Now you're a 347 girl."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PSC APPROVES NEW AREA CODE FOR NYC OUTER BOROUGHS" (PDF). 3.dps.ny.gov. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Additional Area Code Planned for New York City". Prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Bloom, Jennifer Kingson. "A Bit of Manhattan In the Bronx: A little-known enclave in a spot where the Bronx should be.". The New York Times. July 23, 1995.
  5. ^ "What's in a Name: While Marble Hill's Origins Are Clear, Its Present Status is Up for Debate". New York 1 News. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  6. ^ "718 Lyrics - 2 Skinnee J's". Lyricsbox.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  7. ^ "Ludacris – Area Codes Lyrics | MetroLyrics". Metrolyrics.com. Retrieved 2015-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Alicia Keys fans: Right number, wrong person". USA Today. August 10, 2004. 
  9. ^ "Dear Diary". snopes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-15. 
New York area codes: 212, 315, 332, 347, 516, 518, 585, 607, 631, 646, 680, 716, 718, 845, 914, 917, 929, 934
North: 914, 845, 203/475
West: 212/646/917, 201/551, 908, 973/862 area code 347/718/917/929 East: 516, 631/934
South: 212/646/917, 732/848, Atlantic Ocean
New Jersey area codes: 201, 551, 609, 732, 848, 856, 862, 908, 973
Connecticut area codes: 203, 475, 860, 959

Coordinates: 40°43′N 73°52′W / 40.72°N 73.87°W / 40.72; -73.87