NYC’s ancient payphone booths now seeing new life as places to shoot heroin

NYC’s ancient payphone booths now seeing new life as places to shoot heroin
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[Ed. – Recycling!]

A disused Midtown payphone booth is getting new life — as a daytime shooting gallery for drug users, people in the area told The Post on Thursday.

At least two people a day brazenly inject themselves in the nook on 39th Street between 5th and 6th avenues, typically between 10 a.m. and noon, according to the owner of a nearby restaurant and catering business.

“They come with a kit — a bag, a cooking device and the needle that’s waiting for them on top of the phone,” said Wendy Powell.

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“We would just like for the booth to go away, but we know that isn’t going to fix the problem.”

A Post reporter spotted two needles sitting atop a phone in the booth and a small baggie with traces of white powder on the ground Thursday afternoon. The booth in question has two phones separated by a metal barrier. …

(h/t Weasel Zippers)