212 Area Code BBSes Through History (80's Version)

MAP OF THE 212 AREA CODE
212-219-0962
New York City, NY
The Dorsai Diplomatic Mission, The Dorsai Embassy
(1983-1991)
Skip Mac-Stoker, Crawls (Charles Rawls)
212-219-8824
NYCZ 1, NY
Gateways
(1989-1991)
James NgPCBoard
212-241-8965
NYCZ 2, NY
SPIDER WEB
(1985)
AMIS
212-254-3190
NYCZ 1, NY
Medical BBS, NYU Med Center, NYU Medical (107/18), NYU MEDICAL FIDO
(1987-1989)
Jim Mihalcik MD
212-255-7240
NYCZ 1, NY
Manhattan RCP/M RBBS
(1983)
212-262-0431
NYCZ 1, NY
Messianic Jewish Network, MJCN New York, MJCN-6
(1989-1994)
Phil Goble
212-269-4879
NYCZ 1, NY
134 AMuse, AMuse, NEW YORK CITY HUB
(1986-1989)
Thomas Holaday
212-274-8110
New York City, NY
Invention Factory, Invention Factory Node #1, The Invention Factory BBS
(1984-1996)
Michael Sussell, New York City, NY since 03/84PCBoard
From the January 1996 issue of Boardwatch: New York's best BBS. Free downloads for new users. More than 14 gig of shareware and freeware. Internet, Usenet, e-mail. Large adult files area. MC Visa Amex.

From the September 1994 issue of Boardwatch: New York City, NY since 03/84. Sysop: Michael Sussell. Using PCBoard 15.1 with 48 lines on MS-DOS/NOVELL-3.11 with 99999 MB storage. US Robotics at 28800 bps. $15 Monthly fee. New York's best BBS! Free down-loads for new users. More than 14 gig of share-ware and freeware. Internet/Usenet E-mail. Large adult files area. Master/Visa/Amex.

"I ran Normandeau Newswire as a SIG there. Favorite amongst readers was "Filthy Food for Thought" which were highlights of FDA recalls which at that time I had to get via dial-up from FDA. I published the list of "Allowable Filth Limits in Food". When it went down, there were OVER 100 phone lines. In last few years there came about an FCC MONTHLY surcharge of a few dollars on each phone line. BSS was in its hayday during DOS. Mew computers came with Windows and preloaded with AOL or other on-line GUI software so people didn't go hunting for BBSs to call. Declining revenue VS escalating cost brought it down." - Ray

212-304-0072
NYCZ 3, NY
The CyberChurch BBS
(1989-1990)
Larry Rice
212-304-8553
NYCZ 3, NY
NoVaSys
(1986)
John Cottrell
212-333-3285
NYCZ 1, NY
BillBoard
(1986-1988)
Bill Bertholf, Bill Board
212-334-9171
NYCZ 1, NY
PAL Software
(1989-1991)
Robert Tolz
212-340-9666
NYCZ 1, NY
The Machine, The Machine
(1985-1994)
Rudy GordonPCBoard
212-341-3533
NYCZ 1, NY
TRIBECA ISC BBS
(1987-1988)
Rich Mazzara
212-348-2049
NYCZ 2, NY
PC-Serve
(1985)
Hugh Hamilton
212-348-5714
New York City, NY
Laserboard, RRHost
(1986-1992)
Stuart GitlowRed Ryder Host
"The BBS was for Mac users only and was the first BBS of any kind in NYC to have 9600 bps access. I started and ran the Board until 1988, when Adam Wildavsky took over in NY and I moved the primary system to Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh system closed shortly afterward." - Stuart Gitlow
212-357-4112
NYCZ 1, NY
AT,INN lIP-7P
(1985)
AMIS
212-362-1040
NYCZ 2, NY
TCBBS B.A.M.S. New York
(1982-1983)
212-365-8510
NYCZ 1, NY
Micro Vision BBS, MicroVis
(1989-1990)
O. QuincocesWildcat
212-366-9720
NYCZ 1, NY
MASTERS CSTL
(1985)
Forem ST
212-371-5462
NYCZ 1, NY
Granny's BBS, Granny's RBBS
(1988-1996)
Patrick Wolfert, Pat WolfertRBBS
212-380-3864
NEW YORK CITY Z, NY
Atari BBS
(1988-1991)
K2BSM
212-385-2034
NYCZ 1, NY
Occupational Health/Safety, OSHA BBS
(1987-1994)
PCBOARD
212-391-6440
NYCZ 1, NY
NEP Productions
(1988)
Bill Hurlock
212-397-0729
NYCZ 1, NY
LaserBoard New York
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
212-397-1576
NYCZ 1, NY
The Beginner's BBS
(1989-1995)
Richard Kirschner
212-406-3318
New York, NY
ZyBrex Realm
(1989-1993)
Zephyr / DamonRenegade, Telegard then switched to Renegade
"Err ... I still have the BBS backed up on them old 5.25 disks." - Zephyr / Damon
212-406-9108
NYCZ 1, NY
Tentra Red Flag BBS, TentraRedFlag
(1988-1996)
Andi AndersonTBBS
212-409-4194
NYCZ 1, NY
Softlaw Legal BBS
(1987-1991)
PCBoard
212-410-0949
Brooklyn, NY
NET-WORKS Brooklyn, NET-WORKS New York, NEW YORK
(1982-1985)
NET-WORKS
212-427-1805
NYCZ 2, NY
Danny Soft, DannySoft,pgm'g
(1987-1994)
Daniel DomandBBS
212-431-1194
New York, NY
Kantor, Frederick W., The Invention Factory, The Invention Factory BBS
(1985-1994)
Michael Sussell, Mike SussellPCBoard
212-431-1273
NYCZ 1, NY
InventionFact'y, InventionFactory
(1984-1996)
Michael SussellPCBoard
212-431-1944
NYCZ 1, NY
DorsaiEmb.1
(1988)
212-431-1948
NYCZ 1, NY
DorsaiEmb.2
(1988)
212-432-1992
NYCZ 1, NY
Zooman's Zoo BBS
(1989-1994)
Douglas KentPCBoard
212-432-7288
NYCZ 1, NY
MANHATTAN SOUTH
(1985-1987)
Peter Morant
212-441-3755
Woodhaven, NY
CONNECTION-80 Woodhaven
(1982-1985)
CONNECTION-80
212-442-3874
NYCZ 1, NY
SISTER Staten Island
(1982-1984)
212-449-2274
NYCZ 1, NY
AE LINE: 1-800
(1984)
212-456-2528
NYCZ 2, NY
MATCHMAKER #7
(1982)
212-457-3304
NEW YORK, NY
GREYHAWK'S
(1985)
Forem ST
212-464-3434
NYCZ 1, NY
CRYPT
(1985)
AMIS
212-488-1684
NYCZ 1, NY
Secure Mail
(1988)
Gene Coppola
212-489-7370
NYCZ 1, NY
FOG#15 NYOUG RCP/M
(1989-1991)
L. Hinckley
212-490-1146
New York City, NY
Mike's IBM-PC Bulletin Board
(1982-1985)
Mike StoneRBBS
212-496-0391
NYCZ 2, NY
New York Management Services MBBS/RCPM
(1985)
John Hoffman
212-496-7946
NYCZ 2, NY
Alex's DragonDom, Data Com Software, DataCom Software, FIDO #205 Alex's DragonDom
(1984-1994)
Alexander MorrisFidoNet, PCBoard
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212-512-2000
NYCZ 1, NY
PMS - McGraw-Hill Books
(1984-1985)
212-519-1791
NEW YORK CITY, NY
Running Board NODE 2, The Running Board
(1988-1996)
Howard BelascoPCBoard
212-528-0122
NYCZ 1, NY
TRIBECA ISC BBS
(1988-1989)
Rich Mazzara
212-529-0498
NYCZ 1, NY
PCSI
(1986-1990)
Daniel Doman
212-529-6032
NYCZ 1, NY
Enchanted Isle, Times Square BBS
(1989-1991)
Arnold Arce
212-532-2278
NYCZ 1, NY
HumanTech CUSSNET
(1986)
Gerry Hoffman
212-534-2858
NYCZ 2, NY
BMBBS Avenger's Mansion
(1984-1985)
212-534-3149
New York, NY
VTUG-BBS
(1982-1985)
Adam JacobsRAVICS
"Noticed that my BBS wasn't in your list! I think its story is mildly interesting, so... here's a brief summary. I ran VTUG-BBS for somewhere between 2 and 3 years, starting in the fall of 1982, first on a VIC-20 and then on a C-64. I wrote the software, RAVICS, which was -- I believe -- the first BBS available for these machines. VTUG stood for VIC Technical Users' Group, although I never really got a user's group off the ground - the BBS was all there was to it. The BBS was initially fairly simple - a single message base and "chat with the sysop" - but rapidly developed into a reasonably interesting system with multiple message bases, private mail, tree-structured conferencing, and uploads/downloads (which were, however, a relatively unimportant part of the BBS's culture - this was long before the warez days). I think the user base was a couple hundred and the system was off-hook pretty much 24 hours a day at the peak. I wrote the software on a VIC-20 shortly after obtaining the VICmodem (for my 13th birthday - I'd received the VIC for Christmas a few months before!) and hacking up a simple autoanswer device for it. I'm sure it was the first, and possibly the only BBS on a VIC-20. Without really setting out to do so, I sold a few copies of it and I bought the C-64 with the proceeds shortly after its release. Of course I promptly "ported" the BBS to the 64, so RAVICS was probably the first BBS software available for the C-64 as well - this was at a time when virtually all BBSs, at least in 212, ran on Apple IIs, TRS-80s, etc. In the next couple of years I ran VTUG and sold a reasonable number of copies of RAVICS to sysops around the country (despite having no advertising other than the BBS itself).

"In 1984 I sold the C-64, sold the rights to RAVICs, and bought an IBM PC XT. I made some half-hearted attempts to write a BBS for the PC, and ran some third-party software for a while at 534-3149, but I was in high school by then and I was spending too much time thinking about girls and mathematics. I relinquished the title of sysop and became instead a user: a denizen of the legendary Ailanthus Tree. Thanks for a site that brings back some memories from nearly 20 years ago - although my BBS is far from the only interesting one from those days that is missing from your 212 list! Let me know if you're interested in any of the others I remember... BTW I posted a message to Usenet in 2002 requesting info about the later life of RAVICS (after I sold it) - archived at http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/software/COMMODORE/VIC-20/RAVICS/adam.txt and http://mail.textfiles.com/pipermail/cosysops/2003-February/000046.html, but note that the email address I gave in the message is no longer active. That message gives a few more details about VTUG/RAVICS. I never received any replies, unfortunately, so I still don't know what happened to RAVICS later on, though I know that there were BBSs running RAVICS for at least a few years more...." - Adam Jacobs

212-534-3716
NYCZ 2, NY
NYMUG
(1985)
212-534-8557
NYCZ 2, NY
FIDO #204 Noble-House, Noble House
(1984-1985)
Jonathan YoungwoodFidoNet
212-535-8924
NYCZ 2, NY
DEC-WARE, DEC-WARE (Fido 79), FIDO #79 DEC-WARE
(1984-1985)
Matt Kanter, Matthew KanterFidoNet
212-541-5975
NYCZ 1, NY
MMMMMM#2
(1983-1984)
212-542-3859
NEW YORK CITY, NY
Forem ST
(1989-1991)
Carmelo Marrero
212-543-6470
NYCZ 3, NY
Forgotten Machine
(1988-1989)
Manny Gonzalez
212-545-7956
NYCZ 1, NY
Anescomp Medical BBS
(1989-1991)
Jim Mihalcik MD
212-547-4210
NEW YORK CITY, NY
After Hours BBS
(1987-1994)
Ed Kitty
212-562-5161
Bronx, NY
Fever, Fever BBS
(1987-1992)
Victor M. Alvarado
It's been a very long time since I seen the name of my BBS on the monitor. I was the Sysop of Fever BBS. The system was running on an Atari Computer serving the City of NY user groups MANIA and AFUG. The BBS started out back in 1987 and pulled its plug 5 years later." - Victor M. Alvarado
212-579-2869
NYCZ 2, NY
Fordham Jesuit , Fordham Jesuit BBS, Fordman Jesuit
(1987-1996)
Fr Nick Lombardi, Fr LombardiTBBS
212-591-4487
New York, NY
Demon, FIDO #8 Demon
(1984)
Danny FeinsmithFidoNet
212-597-9083
NYCZ 1, NY
Metro Area M.U.G. BBS, Metro Area Macintosh Users Group
(1988-1994)
Frank VenturaRed Ryder Host
212-619-9423
NYCZ 1, NY
AMuse/newcli
(1987-1989)
Dave Lipshutz
212-625-5931
NYCZ 1, NY
C U R A RCP/M, RCP/M CURA
(1983-1985)
212-626-0375
NYCZ 1, NY
Nybbles-80 NY
(1982-1983)
212-627-2673
NYCZ 1, NY
Main-Frame Conn FIDO, MainFrame Connect
(1986-1989)
Don Sanderson
212-645-2176
NYCZ 1, NY
City-Lights BBS, Metro CPU BBS, Metro CPU Studio/Act
(1987-1991)
Michael Ehrmann
212-662-7171
NYCZ 2, NY
American Psych Exchange, American Psychology Exchange, AMPIE
(1989-1994)
Marc MartinTBBS
212-662-8597
NYCZ 2, NY
Doctor'sOff, The Doctor's Office BBS
(1987-1991)
Neil LederPCBoard
212-677-3460
NYCZ 1, NY
GramercyPark
(1989-1991)
Eran Newman
212-686-5248
NYCZ 1, NY
Nightline, Utopian Niteline, Utopian Quest (107/169), Utopian Quest NYC
(1987-1992)
Gerrie Blum, Gillian Boardman
212-686-9243
NYCZ 1, NY
IntraTech OnLine
(1989)
212-696-0360
NYCZ 1, NY
PC Mag I.R.S., PC Mag IRS
(1985-1996)
Chris Parker, Chris Barr, PC Magazine
212-696-9777
NYCZ 1, NY
CareerPath BBS
(1987-1990)
David Hart
212-724-9071
NYCZ 2, NY
StairCase
(1987-1992)
Chris Lincoln
212-727-1380
NYCZ 1, NY
STAR TREK
(1985-1988)
Curt VendelCarnival
212-740-5680
NYCZ 3, NY
BULLET-80 New York
(1982-1983)
212-746-3778
NYCZ 2, NY
TITAN'S TOWR
(1985)
AMIS
212-750-0132
NYCZ 1, NY
Age Base
(1989-1994)
212-753-0888
NYCZ 1, NY
APL PI, NY MetroNet, NYC Hub
(1986-1989)
Bill Bertholf, Chris Lincoln, Auto Pilot
212-757-3387
NYCZ 1, NY
Metro CPU Studio
(1989)
212-764-5912
NYCZ 1, NY
UNITEX
(1988)
James Waldron
212-766-3788
NYCZ 1, NY
LLM
(1988-1990)
J Wallace
212-767-9881
NYCZ 1, NY
R A C S IV
(1982)
212-772-7167
NYCZ 2, NY
DATAbase DABBS)
(1984)
212-781-4723
NYCZ 3, NY
Friend's, Friends!
(1985-1994)
Gerry Pulver, WB2RSIPCBoard
212-792-8881
Bronx, NY
Enterprise BBS, Star Gate BBS, Stargate BBS
(1986-1989)
Nick Di Napoli (Admiral Kirk), Nick DiNapoli (Admiral), Cousin NickyCNET 9.0, 10.0, 11.5, CNET 12.0, C-NET, Wildcat!
"Went from Stargate to Stargate II and then to Enterprise BBS because it wasn't like there weren't enough systems called that already....." - Nick di Napoli

"I originally started off running C-Net then modified it like everyone else did for the games etc and eventually used Wildcat before I took it down. Phone bills then were 10x more what they are now lol. One user at a time of course. Took it down whenever I wanted to log into The Great Beyond (DDial) lol until I bought the phone line for it. I had an impressive fanbase and ran along side other boards like Top Secret BBS, Searchlight, etc." - Captain NYC

212-799-2123
NYCZ 2, NY
DNH Enterprises
(1989-1991)
Steven Schlusse
212-799-4649
New York, NY
ASTROCOM, TCBBS AstroCom, TCBBS W.E.B.B. New York
(1982-1984)
212-803-1363
NEW YORK, NY
ASGARD
(1985)
AMIS
212-823-1520
NEW YORK, NY
MetroChat$
(1988)
212-823-6412
NEW YORK, NY
Patch House
(1989)
John Morales
212-823-9232
NEW YORK, NY
LoveLine BBS, The Loveline TBBS
(1987-1990)
Anne Capola
212-826-8827
NYCZ 1, NY
Textbase, Textbase BBS
(1985-1989)
Martin Ellis
212-861-2475
NYCZ 2, NY
Ellena Caverns
(1989-1990)
212-874-6319
NYCZ 2, NY
Wolves Den
(1985-1989)
Tony Woolf, Simon Namthor
212-877-7703
NYCZ 2, NY
ABBS New York, LINKS II MIDI INN, LINKS II MIDINET
(1983-1992)
Billy Arnell
212-879-5182
NYCZ 2, NY
AMIS Manhattan Message Manager
(1984-1985)
212-879-7698
NYCZ 2, NY
TCBBS Leigh's Computer World
(1982-1983)
212-886-5035
NYCZ 1, NY
AE Line: GETRAD/FRESH, AE LINE: GETRAD/FRESH
(1984-1985)
212-889-7022
NYCZ 1, NY
Medical BBS, NYU Med Center, NYU MEDICAL FIDO
(1985-1986)
Jim Mihalcik MD
212-891-8100
Brooklyn, NY
Earth News Central
(1979-1988)
Jonathan GleichApple BBS, DDIAL, Galacticomm
"It was the first Multiuser apple bbs system, running three apple ]['s and a 6 gig corvus drive, then was a 12 line chat system called diversi dial, then became a 16 user galacticomm system. Died sept of 1988." - Jonathan Gleich
212-896-0519
NEW YORK, NY
ABBS ?-Queens
(1982-1984)
212-897-3392
NEW YORK CITY, NY
COMM-80 Queens
(1982-1983)
212-912-9141
New York City, NY
Modem Over Manhatten (MOM)
(1978-1982)
Larry Kelly, Alif TerransonCBBS
"We were one of the very first CBBS systems in use, and we *were* the first one with multiple floppy's always online (1mb across four drives IIRC). M*O*M was heavily trafficked by the Phreak community although it was not a Phreak board per se. In late 1978 we took a KIM-1 and used it as a controller so that we could run Ward's [now modified - poorly] code to accomodate multiple lines: by the time 1979 became the year you remembered to write on your checks, we had 2 lines available on a 24x7 basis. This was *extremely* unusual in 1979: CBBS was still on it's birth curve, and only supported a single "user". I've been wanting to send this in for years, but I couldn't find any floppies (8 inchers: if there's any left, it should be obvious, right?) or flyers. Then were sitting here talking about it, and the number just popped into my head unannounced!!! Now it's yours. :-)"
212-924-6598
NYCZ 1, NY
PCSI
(1985)
Daniel Doman
212-925-8231
NYCZ 1, NY
DorsaiEmb.3
(1988)
212-927-6919
NYCZ 3, NY
> Super 68 <, DANTE'S INFNO, Super 68000
(1985-1992)
Dante NicolelloAMIS
212-931-9629
NEW YORK, NY
Instinet
(1988)
Darrin Rodriguez
212-932-9512
NYCZ 2, NY
NYMUG BBS
(1988)
Red Ryder Host
212-933-9459
Bronx, NY
Bronx BBS, Bryan Boyle's Bronx Bulletin Board
(1980-1986)
Bryan BoyleMessage-80, Connection-80, TBBS
"Built the system on a mod 1 trs-80. Had, at the time, about 150 regular users, including most of the leading lights of the phone phreaker community that met in greenwich village under the name "TAP". Also a large selection of downloadable programs for broadcast engineers. The experience of running/maintaining/hacking a beeb got me into the computer industry full-time. Still have the system I used, as well as the software. Pack rat, you know...:)" - Bryan Boyle
212-951-8373
NYCZ 1, NY
ATARI LIBRARY
(1985)
212-962-1920
NYCZ 1, NY
Wise Byte
(1988-1996)
Ron ChibnikSearchlight
212-964-8090
NYCZ 1, NY
Inner New York City HUB, New York City Fire Dept, NYC Fire Dept (278/702), NYC Fire Dept.
(1988-1994)
Mike CiferriTBBS
212-966-4187
NYCZ 1, NY
Abiel Corporation
(1989-1991)
Mark Clayton
212-966-4653
NYCZ 1, NY
DorsaiEmb.5
(1988)
212-966-6406
NYCZ 1, NY
DorsaiEmb.4
(1988)
212-980-6951
NYCZ 1, NY
Mission Control Opus, Network Policy Coord, Troy's Mailbox
(1989-1991)
Troy Volin
212-982-3333
New York, NY
Air Force One
(1983-1984)
MaverickBBSExpress
"Board ran on an Atari 800XL with two double density 5 1/4" floppy drives- one for the OS/BBS software, and the other for file upload and downloads." - Maverick
212-989-2696
NYCZ 1, NY
New York Apple CP/M Group (NYACPMG) RCPM, New York Micro-Systems RCPM
(1984-1985)
Larry Clive
212-989-3278
New York City, NY
Bigtime, Carders Carbera
(1984-1986)
Edison CarterCNET v12.0
212-991-1664
NEW YORK CITY ZONE, NY
CONNECTION-80 Manhattan
(1982-1984)
212-997-2488
NYCZ 1, NY
PMS - McGraw-Hill Books
(1982-1984)
83 Sysops currently listed.
129 BBSes Listed.