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January 20, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Buzzer menu

344332866_5457886ed7A reader submits a picture taken in New York City:

This is the buzzer menu for a building located on the corner of Lafayette Street and Kenmare Street in Soho.

Which button would you press to to buzz the concierge?



Posted by: vulcanlogic7 at January 20, 2007 12:16 AM

Wasn't there a reason we mandated registering?

it is broken, but the logic behind it MAY be that a lit button means that particular concierge (of which there are 6?) is available.

definitely confusing and horrible planned though.


Posted by: evanseeds at January 20, 2007 01:06 AM

Umm. Any of them. Duh!

(My first post!)

Posted by: kiplinght at January 20, 2007 02:41 AM

Must be the kind of building where all visitors must check in with the front desk. If the building was renovated or not designed for it then the buzzer panel will still lead visitors to believe they can just buzz the tenant. It's just tighter security than most of us are used to. Not broken

Posted by: lefty-chef at January 20, 2007 11:53 AM

Vulcanlogic7 already told us which button it is. The first one!

Posted by: EricJ2190 at January 20, 2007 12:14 PM

Well, on some vending machines, there are several options for the same soda. This kind of broken-ness is everywhere.

Posted by: karusho at January 20, 2007 03:11 PM

Good example about the pop machines, but I wouldn't say it's broken.

Posted by: joemono at January 20, 2007 07:12 PM

Besides, what happens if the only button for the concierge is literally broken? Extra buttons means backup (like the pop machine extra soda supply)

Posted by: klew at January 20, 2007 07:48 PM

Karusho, the multiple buttons are not broken because each button activates a single storage area inside the machine. The machine has no way of knowing what is in each area, and there are usually multiples of the common drinks such as water, coke, and pepsi because they are more likely to run out.

Posted by: Elite Marksman at January 21, 2007 01:04 PM

New pop machines can be set up to have more then one column linked to one or button and it will vend form a new column when one runs out.

Posted by: Joe The Dragon at January 22, 2007 06:52 PM

Is there 6 concierges or just one? Probably any button is OK (other than the top one)

Posted by: zzo38 at January 28, 2007 03:12 AM

I'd say this is broken. It seems to be a new system (buzzer mechanism looks shiny and new) therefore someone must have said, "lets get a buzzer for the six tenants" not "lets get a six button buzzer for the concierge" ergo not used for purpose intended...

Posted by: howident at February 3, 2007 04:53 PM

I agree with howident. I've seen this type of thing in NYC plenty of times. I think it's a new building (or new buzzers, at least), and either no one has moved in yet (so no need for names next to the buzzers) or no one has gotten around to putting the tenants' names in the right slots. This could be a good thing, if you don't want unsolicited visitors.

Posted by: jkinn at February 14, 2007 04:10 PM

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