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The Story Behind Tarrytown's British Phone Booth

The English-style phone booth in Tarrytown Photo Credit: Contributed
The mannequin in the phone booth wears different costumes depending on the time of year. Photo Credit: Contributed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. --  If you drive by Allan Block Insurance Agency at 24 S. Broadway in Tarrytown, you will find an original English phone booth, complete with a maniquin dressed in a New York Yankees baseball uniform during baseball season, a Sleepy Hollow High School football uniform during football season and a Santa outfit during Christmas.

So why an English phone booth?

In 1988, Barbara Block’s niece was living in London and called her Aunt Bobbie to tell her London was replacing the phone booths and the old ones could be purchased for $300.

Barbara Block was excited about the idea and arranged to have it shipped to Tarryrown.

Once it got here, there was a foundation to build, permits to obtain and it had to be refurbished. The village board was not too happy as it was unsightly when it arrived Once it was refurbished, everyone embraced it.

Now, tourist come to take photos and stop in to bring us English phone booth replicas they bring from London.

Now you know.

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