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Manhattan is getting a new area code – 332

Posted at 4:04 PM, Dec 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 07:09:52-05

NEW YORK – New Yorkers will have a new area code popping up in front of Manhattan numbers starting in the spring of 2017, according to city officials.

The area code, 332, is necessary because of a rising demand for residential and business phone numbers in the borough, according to the Public Service Commission.

Manhattan was on track to run out of available central office codes in late late 2017, according to the North American Numbering Plan Adminstrator, which handles the numbering system for U.S. telephone networks.

“The need for a new area code points to a thriving telecommunications market and growing population overall in New York City,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “Creating a new area code will allow telephone companies to accommodate consumer demand and expand the use of wireless technologies.”

The new area code will bring the total to 18 different prefixes in the state.