Summertime, Automats, and Skyscrapers

It’s 7:28 a.m. in NYC, which means that summertime is officially here. Are you expecting your “livin'” to be “easy,” as the song says? I know I’m not. I suspect Bryan feels the same way. If you’re looking for a cure for the...

Lost New York: Annotated Program, Part 5

For the full Lost New York program, click here. Friday afternoon’s session and reception will be held in the Fales Library and Special Collections (70 Washington Sq. South, 3rd floor). Saturday’s sessions will all be held at 13-19 University Place, room...

You Are Here

One of the things I like most about the moral orientation of David Freeland’s new book Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville is its simultaneous focus on the lost and the found of living in the contemporary city. Most of the vanished forms of leisure he writes...

And what, pray tell, is an automat?

Horn & Hardart Automat Cafeteria, 146 W. 38 St. between Broadway and 7th Ave. (1986) (Image from 14to42.net)David Freeland pulled in quite a crowd at the Tenement Museum the other night: standing room only in a room with no discernible air conditioning. I was a...