Sixty years to the day they were installed, the city is removing the last single space parking meter in Manhattan. Some of the poles that support them will be transformed into bike racks, which is sure to spark undue controversy.

The antiquated coin-operated machines are being replaced by Muni-Meters, allowing drivers to cram more cars into parking parking spaces and giving them the option of paying with a credit card, ending the age-old tradition of jamming slightly bent quarters into the slots and forcing them to fail, for now. The DOT says it will take about a year to remove all the old meters off all city streets, so drivers in the outer boroughs will be given a little more time to get over. (Photo: bitchcakesny/flickr)