The Very Lower Manhattan Verizon *Central Office* – Revisited

I don’t know how the hell this didn’t get past my super-strict editorial standards.

I never said I knew everything about telecom, telephony and UC.

Anyways, let’s revisit this concrete of thing…


Original page? I called this the “Corporate offices” – again what the hell was I thinking?

So I didn’t cross the Brooklyn Bridge till this past October, checked visiting the hipster boro for the first time on my bucket list. Visited the New York Transit Museum, and if you like city busses, commuter rails and trains, it’s recommended!

And with a quick research in the time, I assumed it was an office, because most central offices do not have windows. This one did, and does. However nearly year after I published this, because of hipsters and other art-tiests (like elitists) they don’t understand why central offices not needing windows. This powers most of Lower Manhattan, and since this posting, Verizon sold the building, to a real estate trust company, then bought back a few floors. A curtain wall was built in the upper levels.

Currently this REIT owns the building to lease out to data centers, since you know “the cloud” has similarities to the old telephone company.

I stand corrected. 

Anyhow here is some pictures (of once a major central office)  from the very mild and picture-esque October day in 2017.

Right off the Brooklyn Bridge, this central office originally for New York Telephone, provided many circuits for telephone service for Lower Manhattanites and businesses, and businesspeople.

Heading towards Brooklyn, you can see the changes that occurred since my last visit in 2012, with the “curtain wall” windowing. It’s neighboring building is the Manhattan Municipal Building, not to be confused with New York City Hall… just google 1895 City Restructuring…

For the heck of it, here was one the shots on the iconic crossing.

On the other hand, expect to see many of these building change like how life was never the same after the Model T. I do not like this change at all. I’m disappointed at the industry, the laxed FCC that most laxed I’ve witnessed in my lifetime, and the manufacturing industry who have bought the companies that made the switches and refused to build upon them. Like I said before, whoever owns Lucent’s assets has not made a 19″ rack sized version of the 5ESS and will never do it, and as a result, the “softswitches” will take over and we will have crappier service.


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