Trying to physically find the locations of former Automats wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. This is New York, these buildings have been around forever. Surely I'd be able to find them.
I started off with an old Horn & Hardart Menu directory
and created a map.
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Then walked from 14th street to Times Square. I did wonder if any of the street numbers changed as I wasn't really finding stuff. So many of the buildings appeared to have been torn down and replaced with boring steel and glass high-rises.
Finding old photos of Automats wasn't that easy either. I spent a lot of time at the library, even going through microfiche, to try to find something to compare the present to.
However, during my week off in between jobs, I did make a little headway. I still have a bunch of locations uptown to investigate.However, during my week off in between jobs, I did make a little headway. I still have a bunch of locations uptown to investigate, but I have a few photos to show.
I made the Automat map public. If anyone has pictures of Automats, please send them along!