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Old 10-09-2015, 07:33 AM
 
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There was a Automat on 34th street next to Macy's, you had to use tokens to open the door to get a sandwich or a piece of pie. They also had pay toilets which cost a dime.
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:36 AM
 
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I loved the Automat with the nickels. It was the best and when we went to NYC we would always go there. The best things were the cinnamon swirl rolls. They had marble counters from what I remember. I am 66 and this was 50+ years ago.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:16 AM
 
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My aunt used to take me. Sometimes you could see the workers refilling the slots through the glass doors. She would get coffee that came out of the mouth of a lion's head. Fascinating place for a kid.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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The most famous automat scenes in a movie?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTqjO-dHTmE
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:15 AM
 
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There is a Honeymooners episode where Ed and Ralph go into an Automat.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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It was 1990-91 when the Lexington Avenue store closed, I believe, the last of the Automats. My grandmother had stories of their coffee as it was a unique blend and was always fresh, not bad for a quick cup of inexpensive coffee. Having not been alive when it was in its heyday, I don't know that the food was ever the draw, but it wasn't by the end. The novelty of it, and the coffee, is really what attracted people, I believe.
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I was in one ONCE, East Village I believe...back in the 1970s'
I'm not a sandwich kind of guy so I was not duly impressed, except with the free seltzer.

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when the Lexington Avenue store closed, I believe, the last of the
Automats.
My partner (older) said that^^^ one was the very best of them. He remembered a nice one in Columbus Circle also.
He also said that they were all noted for their excellent baked beans and lemon merengue pie.
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At one time there were 40 Horn & Hardart automats in New York City alone.
The last one closed in 1991. Horn and Hardart converted most of its New York
City locations to Burger Kings. At the time, the quality of the food
was described by some customers as on the decline.

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Old 10-10-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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Didn't they try to bring it back on St. Marks about 10 years ago? I think it was called Bamn.
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Didn't they try to bring it back on St. Marks about 10 years ago? I think it was called Bamn.
Yes, I remember that one... didn't last too long.
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Old 10-10-2015, 09:03 PM
 
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Yes, when I was a kid. I thought it was the coolest thing. I'm surprised no one has tried to bring them back.
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