SUNK ASSETS. Reason's Sara Rimensnyder wonders why New York City must have fines for cell-phone use. It's New York. The past summer, I took the Circle Line Around Manhattan cruise. The captain asked all passengers to turn off their cell phones. That previous April (bearing in mind that many people were still riding the Circle Line to mourn) a passenger boarded the cruise and started taking calls, before the boat cast off. At the third incoming call, another passenger took the offending instrument and deep-sixed it.