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RIP Semi-Automatic — Hudson Hotel Quietly Retires Its Vending Machine

Hudson's semi-automatic.

Hudson’s semi-automatic.

Seems it was only yesterday I was reporting the arrival of the Semi-Automatic, the Hudson hotel’s cool vending machine. You may recall it as the one stocked with gold-plated handcuffs, Haute Hippie sequin miniskirts and Ouiji boards instead of Doritos and M & Ms.

But today when I visited the Hudson to check out Hudson Common, the newish beer and burger court, I got a shock. Strolling over to the Semi-Automatic to see if it was still selling Equinox Derringer bikes (for $2,300) or, more realistically, toothbrushes, I discovered it was gone. Had it been moved? Read more