In a message dated 4/14/2007 2:53:55 PM Eastern Standard Time, levynorman@ writes:
On West 72nd Street between numbers 166 and 174 is a two story Art Deco building (there is no number on the building). It now contains a Citibank. I seem to recall that in the 1940's it housed an Automat. Is this correct?email: levynorman@
You've got it! Filed a the Department of Buildings in 1931 by F. P. Platt, a storefront specialist, but probably really designed in the main H&H offices. There's something similar on the north side of the street, I think that's a Provident Loan office. It's interesting, these "network buildings", more or less identical works of architecture forming a web all over the city.
"Streetscapes" Columnist, Sunday Real Estate Section, The New York Times