Friday, September 29, 2006

Automat Update: Public Hearing and Lecture

For those of you who attended the June 27, 2006 landmarks hearing for the former H&H Automat at 2710 Broadway (at West 104th Street), we have some good news. It was so much fun that we get to do it again on October 17 (time to be announced). Our email’s tone is lighthearted, but we take this second public hearing seriously. The building’s future still hangs in the balance.


Send a letter/fax/email

We have received dozens of calls, emails and letters from folks who support landmarking one of the last remaining H&H Automat buildings. Show you care about the fate of this building by inundating the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) with letters of support.

Letters should be addressed to:

Hon. Robert B. Tierney, Chair
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
Fax: 212-669-7955
Phone: 212-669-7888

Please send copies of your letters to City Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito (, Community Board 7 ( or fax 212-603-3082 and LANDMARK WEST! ( or fax 212-875-0209).

Testify at the hearing

We also need a large turnout at the October 17 hearing. The more people who attend, the more LPC understands the importance of this building in our community. To read testimony presented by civic groups, individuals and politicians at the June hearing, visit our website: You’ll enjoy the dazzling detail photos of the polychrome terra cotta.


Learn more about the Automat and share your stories

Join us on October 25 at 6:30 p.m. for a talk by Lorraine B. Diehl and Marianne Hardart
, authors of The Automat: The History, Recipes and Allure of Horn & Hardart’s Masterpiece. Diehl and Hardart (a descendant of the Automat founder) wrote this charming tome in conjunction with the Museum of the City of New York’s fantastic Automat exhibit in 2002.

Bring your Automat anecdotes to El Taller Latino Americano, in the old Automat building. Make your reservation by calling (212) 496-8110 or emailing Admission is $25 and will support ongoing advocacy to preserve the 104th Street Automat. This event is co-sponsored by the West 102nd and 103rd Street Block Association and the West 104th Street Block Association. For more details, visit our website:

45 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 496-8110 (phone)
(212) 875-0209 (fax)

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