Area code 718
Area code 718 is a
New York City telephone area code(overlaid by area codes 347 and 917) for The Bronx, Queens, Staten Islandand Brooklyn, the four outer boroughs of New York City, as well as the Marble Hill section of Manhattan.
At the time of its creation in
1984, 718 was only assigned to Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn. The Bronx joined 718 in 1992. Manhattan cell phones can also fall under the 718 area code.
Staten Island based clothing company No.718 Brand [ [http://www.no718.com No.718 Brand ] ] incorporated '718' into its company name.
This area code was celebrated in the 1998
2 Skinnee J'ssong "718" [ [http://www.lyricsbox.com/skinnee-js-lyrics-6vlh4cj.html 2 Skinnee J's lyrics - 718 ] ] , in which the rappers tell of people moving from Manhattan(212) to other boroughs (718) for lower rent. Hip-hopgroup Theodore Unit(which includes Wu-Tang Clanmember Ghostface) released an album entitled "718", an homage to their home of Staten Islandwhich is contained within the 718 area code. Rapper/Actor Mos Def refers to the 718 area code in his song "Sunshine"
Art rock band
Bloc Partyhas a song entitled "Waiting for the 718." Some thought it was written in reference to the area code, however it is actually about waiting for London-bound commuter train that departs at 7:18.
Some jeans made by "Sir Benni Miles" have "718 crew" written on them, one pair has it written on the label on the back of the jeans above the right back pocket.
By the early 1980s rising rents in Manhattan below 96th Street (and fears of crime above it) had forced poorer migrants to New York City away from the borough of
Manhattanand towards the other boroughs of The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. The new 718 area code came to symbolize a new economic reality: too poor to afford Manhattan. A tee-shirt slogan invoked the different, lower economic status of the area code: "718 and Proud of It."
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