212-288 serves part of Manhattan's Upper East Side.The lyrics of 1975 Sugarloaf song "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" begin with a call to "long distance directory assistance, area code 212".For several years before then, new landlines in Manhattan have been assigned numbers in 917 (or 646).In addition, the Inwood section in far northern Manhattan is overlaid with area code 347, which also began as a cell phone area code.Area code 212 was overlaid with area code 646 in Manhattan on July 1, 1999, when new 917 mobile numbers became scarce.In November 2015, area code 332 was assigned as an additional overlay area code for Manhattan's numbering plan area 212, One Manhattan neighborhood, Marble Hill, is not in the 212/646 area code but the 718/347/929 codes.The hotel claims that it is the oldest continuously used number in New York City.This claim is in dispute, but PEnnsylvania 6-5000 did appear in a 1940 Glenn Miller Orchestra song title.
The 1960 film Butterfield 8 refers to a telephone exchange name, BU8 (now 288), in the 212 area code.
Those who are determined to have a 212 area code now must rely on luck of the draw when they establish their service or on websites where they can purchase the highly coveted area code to port to their land line or cell phone service.
The 2011 song "212" of Azealia Banks refers to this area.
In episode 501 of The Office, Pam explains she will be starting a design program in New York City referring to it as "The 212" with hand gestures to match.
In episode 514 of The Simpsons, Homer refers to area code 212 when he asks if Satan's number falls on that area code when he tries to give him a call. SAVE NOW We monitor our lines with a 24 hour call center to make your experience a safe and pleasurable one.