North American area codes 718, 347, and 929 are New York City telephone area codes in the boroughs of The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as the Marble Hill section of Manhattan. They are overlaid by area code 917, which covers the entirety of New York City.
Until 1984, all of New York City had been served by area code 212 for 37 years. New York Telephone required a new area code to "prevent an impending exhaustion of telephone numbers." On February 1, 1984, the New York Public Service Commission voted to create a new area code to serve Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, amidst protests and threats of legal action from local and state officials. Entering service on September 1, 1984, the new area code (718) was implemented so that the city's three million telephone numbers were split roughly in half. Permissive dialing of 212 continued across New York City until January 1, 1985.
On July 1, 1992, the Bronx and the neighborhood of Marble Hill, Manhattan were split from 212 and added to numbering plan area 718. A permissive dialing period for using either area code 212 or 718 in the affected area lasted until May 16, 1993.
On October 1, 1999, area code 347 was added as an overlay code to area code 718.
On December 16, 2009, the New York Public Service Commission approved an additional overlay code for the 718/347 numbering plan area. On January 22, 2010, NeuStar announced another overlay code (929) for the New York City 718 and 347 area codes of boroughs outside Manhattan. Area code 929 became effective on April 16, 2011. This had the effect of assigning 23.4 million numbers to an area of 6.7 million people.
Area code 917 overlays area codes 718, 347, and 929, as well as area codes 212, 646 and 332 in Manhattan.
The 347/718/929 NPA is projected to be exhausted by 2029.
Despite being legally a part of the borough of Manhattan, per the Greater New York Charter of 1897, the neighborhood Marble Hill is excluded from the Manhattan numbering plan areas 212, 646, and 332, but uses 718, 347, or 929 area codes. It used to be attached to Manhattan Island. After the Harlem River Ship Canal was built in 1895, Marble Hill was separated from Manhattan Island by water. Soon after, the Spuyten Duyvil Creek was filled in with landfill, physically connecting Marble Hill to the Bronx.
When the 718 numbering plan area was extended to the Bronx, Marble Hill residents unsuccessfully fought to retain area code 212. Marble Hill was tributary to the Bronx central offices, and it would have been too expensive for New York Telephone to reroute the trunks to this neighborhood.
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".
The mixtape Return of the PLK contains the song titled "718 Nigga" by Rapper Lloyd Banks.
"718" was referred to in the "Salon of the Dead" episode of Gossip Girl as the "slums".
In Sex and the City, when Carrie returns from Mexico and her personal assistant Louise procures a new cell phone number, Louise begins to tell Carrie her new phone number, beginning with the 347 area code. Carrie interrupts insisting she's a "917 girl," to which Louise responds, "Now you're a 347 girl."
The runner-up (but dastardly) dance group in the 2011 movie Honey 2 is called "718".
|New York area codes: 212/332/646, 315/680, 347/718/929, 516, 518/838, 585, 607, 631/934, 716, 845, 914, 917|
|North: 914, 845, 203/475|
|West: 212/646/332/917, 201/551, 908, 862/973||area code 347/718/929, overlaid by 917||East: 516, 631/934|
|South: 212/646/332/917, 732/848, Atlantic Ocean|
|New Jersey area codes: 201/551, 609, 732/848, 856, 862/973, 908|
|Connecticut area codes: 203/475, 860/959|