There is Now a Wall of Face Mask Vending Machines on Delancey Street

Posted on: May 26th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Photo: RapidMask2Go

On Delancey Street, face mask vending machines are multiplying like mogwai in a bathtub. Where there was one, there are now three servicing the neighborhood.

As first reported on Bowery Boogie, entrepreneur David Edelman of RapidMask2Go placed a single vending machine outside 156 Delancey in late-April. Its placement went viral, and the story hit the world over. Two more were installed in the vacant storefront a couple weeks ago. So it’s now a veritable dispensary wall.

The trio of machines sells KN95 masks for $3 apiece (down $1 from last month), and accepts credit cards, contactless payment, as well as cash. It’s ADA-accessible, and open from 8:00am to 8:00pm. (There are plans for 24-hour availability.)

“We are now offering 1, 3, 5, and 10 packs. We hope to get the price down to $3 per mask,” Edelman tells us.

David Edelman, who works in real estate, cofounded RapidMasks2Go with his business partner due to difficulty procuring protective gear during the crisis. The vending machines came out of that inspiration.

This commercial space, which previously hosted an Inokim electric scooter store, has otherwise been vacant for months.

The idea is expanding outside Manhattan, too. There is a machine on Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island. Also coming to a major transit hub in Philadelphia in early June, and to select universities in the fall.

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