Wish list: Five ATMs we’d like to see open in New York City

Upper East Side bakery Sprinkles Cupcakes launched a cupcake-dispensing machine yesterday—what other goods do New Yorkers need access to 24/7?

The Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM

The Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM Photograph courtesy Sprinkles Cupcakes

Yesterday, New York's first cupcake ATM launched on the Upper East Side. Sprinkles Cupcakes' 24-hour vending machine, right next to the bakery on Lexington Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets, dispenses the sweets for $4.25 apiece. It holds 20 varieties and 760 cupcakes at a time, and is restocked from 9am to 2am daily to make sure nary a passerby goes without being able to satisfy that sweet-tooth craving.

Sprinkles is planning to open another ATM in the World Financial Center in the next month, but this isn't the bakery's first venture into automated cupcake dispensing; it already has machines selling the sweet treats in Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Beverly Hills. Speaking of L.A., the city is also home to not one, but two burrito kiosks, which—while questionable on a culinary level—got us thinking: What vending machines would seriously improve our lives? Read on for our ATM wish list, rated for how crucial each one is for New Yorkers (one star: would be nice, five stars: absolutely indispensable).

Kale and cabbage cole slaw, cilantrol lime dressing at Butcher's Daugther

Kale salad

  • Rated as: 2/5

Although you can't seem to avoid running into the ubiquitous green during the day, options become substantially slimmer late at night. Sometimes, more common late-night fare (pizza, Chinese food) just won't do. This is New York, and we demand healthy fare—even after-hours!

Warby Parker round-frame sunglasses, $150


  • Rated as: 4/5

Whether you're trying to cover up some morning-after damage or just forgot your fave pair at home, it sucks to get caught out without a cool pair of sunnies. A vending machine for cheap but non-embarrassing sunglasses would be great, instead of having to resort to neon Ray-Ban knock-offs from a tourist trap.

Footzyfolds Jenifer fold-up ballet flats, $55, at footzyfolds.com

Comfy shoes

  • Rated as: 4/5

Oh, the pain of being stuck in unbearably high stilettos! How many times have we started walking somewhere in heels and wished we could change that sartorial decision before leaving the house ? Let's end that feeling forever.

A single cigarette

  • Rated as: 3/5

Instead of having to suffer the shame of bumming a smoke from a stranger who might shoot you down or making an illegal purchase from a loosie man, wouldn't it be great to be able to buy a single cig at a time? (Note: Don't smoke. It's bad for you.)


  • Rated as: 5/5

Sorry, guys—only a gal can understand this kind of emergency. Even if you're nowhere near your personal supply of tampons, you shouldn't have to worry about inviting a shark/bear attack. Also for ladies-only: Why is there nowhere to buy decent makeup after Sephora closes? A pop-up L'Oréal vending machine in the subway did great—let's make it a permanent thing.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)


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