Read archived news about NYNEX and its history before its merger with Bell Atlantic in 1997. Founded in 1984 with the breakup of the Bell System, NYNEX was based in New York City and provided local and wireless service in the Northeast. Before the merger, NYNEX partnered with Bell Atlantic to form Bell Atlantic Mobile, a precursor of Verizon Wireless. Learn about the history of this “Baby Bell,” review NYNEX earnings reports and more.