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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

A Hotel Vending Maching That Dispenses Ouiji Boards and 24-Karat Gold Handcuffs? Meet Hudson Hotel’s Semi-Automatic

Hudson's semi-automatic.

Hudson’s semi-automatic.

Semi-automatic? It’s a vending machine, not a weapon, and you can see this big, oddly futuristic contraption in the lobby at the Hudson here in New York as well as at the Mondrian South Beach and the Sanderson in London. Read more