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, Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, as well as the Marble Hill section of Manhattan. It is overlaid by area code 917, which covers the entirety of New York City.

History[edit]

At the time of its creation on September 1, 1984, the 718 code was assigned only to Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island; the Bronx and Marble Hill joined 718 in 1992. Area code 347 was added as an overlay to 718 on October 1, 1999.

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 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. Marble Hill, although legally a part of Manhattan to this day, was geographically severed from Manhattan by the construction of the Harlem River Ship Canal in 1895. It was physically connected to the Bronx in 1914 when the by-passed segment of the Harlem River was filled in. When the Bronx shifted to 718 in 1992, Marble Hill residents fought to stay in 212, but lost. Marble Hill's trunk is wired into the Bronx line, and it would have been too expensive for New York Telephone to rewire it.

Cultural references[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.[4]

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 (season 5) as the "slums".

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

A number from the +1-347 area code appears as "Come forth and call 489-4608, and I'll be here"[5] in the lyrics of "Diary", a track on album The Diary of Alicia Keys.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

New York area codes: 212, 315, 347, 516, 518, 585, 607, 631, 646, 716, 718, 845, 914, 917, 929
North: 914, 845, 203/475
West: 212/646/917, 201/551, 908, 973/862area code 347/718/917/929East: 516, 631
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

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