The American Bell Telephone Company established the New York Telephone Company in 1896 to provide service to subscribers in the New York City area. It was a successor to the Telephone Company of New York, which American Bell formed in 1876 to provide rental equipment to its subscribers.
The company became the Metropolitan Telephone and Telegraph Company when Bell acquired Western Union’s telephone operations in a patent violation suit in 1879. American Bell merged the Westchester Telephone Company with the Metropolitan Telephone and Telegraph Company to form the New York Telephone Company in 1896 when parts of Westchester County became the Bronx during the consolidation of New York City with the outer boroughs.
The New York Telephone Company continued to service New York City subscribers until the breakup of AT&T. In 1984, the New York Telephone Company merged with the New England Telephone Company to form NYNEX. Bell Atlantic acquired NYNEX in 1997 and merged the company with GTE in 2000 to form Verizon Communications.