Advocacy Archive

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana


Click on the links below to learn more about past advocacy campaigns:

Former Horn & Hardart Automat, Broadway & 104th Street

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Victory! The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the 104th Street Automat as an individual landmark on January 30, 2007. Thank you to everyone who signed our online petition, wrote letters to the LPC, and testified at the public hearings. Click here for the LPC press release.

See the Building Information Page

Hear “Automat-ic Pie,” music inspired by the 104th St. Automat (lyrics)

See details of LW!’s October 25, 2006, lecture by Lorraine Diehl and Marianne Hardart

“The building is ornamented with green, blue and tan glazed terra cotta and is highlighted with gold lustered glaze. We are aware of only three other surviving buildings in New York which use this type of glaze. The Automat’s fanciful Art Deco ornament is delicately scaled and in keeping with the modest size of the structure.” Susan Tunick, Friends of Terra Cotta, author, Terra-Cotta Skyline

Read testimony letters of support from:
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
NYC Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito (District 8 – Upper West Side and East Harlem)
NYC Council Member Tony Avella (District 19 – Northeast Queens)
NYS Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell’s Testimony

Manhattan Community Board 7

Art Deco Society of New York
Historic Districts Council
Municipal Art Society
Museum of the City of New York
New York Landmarks Conservancy
Susan Tunick, Friends of Terra Cotta

West 102nd and 103rd Streets Block Association
Lorraine B. Diehl, co-author of The Automat


See  press, websites and more:
The Automat: The History, Recipes, and Allure of Horn & Hardart’s Masterpiece
by Lorraine B. Diehl and Marianne Hardart. New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers, 2002.
“Automat is About to Return in the East Village” by Jared Newman. The New York Sun 16 Aug 2006
BAMN! (the new automat on St. Mark’s Place)

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