Nathan's hot dog stand could be displaced by Coney Island development

Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 4:20 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to revitalize Coney Island could mean the end of the original Nathan's Famous hot-dog stand. That revelation is hidden deep within the draft of the 47-acre rezoning plan's environmental-impact statement, which the city submitted yesterday. The Nathan's site - which opened at the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues in 1916 - could make way for more lucrative development should land values skyrocket once the rezoning is approved.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009 4:29 PM
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Ok....Now I am at odds with Mayor Bloomberg. How on one hand can you want to preserve what Coney Island was but yet not have the original Nathans? It is Coney Island. Just like the Cyclone is Coney Island. And just like the Wonder Wheel is Coney Island. I guess I dont get what he really wants to make of Coney Island now.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 7:27 AM

I though Nathans was a historical landmark or something. Either way, this reeks worse than week old grabage in July!


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:18 AM
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Ugh, again, being a registered historic landmark does not protect it from anything.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 9:33 AM

Hopman said:
I though Nathans was a historical landmark or something. Either way, this reeks worse than week old grabage in July!

Agreed about the landmark issue. I thought it was too.

Nathans is the BEST hotdogs on earth. Well worth 4 bucks a pack.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:10 AM

Surf and Stillwell is Nathans. I don't care what they have to do. It needs to stay there.Lots of Coney could be redeveloped and probably not missed to much. Its basically a permanent carnival. However Icons like Cyclone, Wonder Wheel and Nathans and I might add the only remaining freak show are pure history and a testiment to almost 100 years of this parks longevity.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:20 AM
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Trust me, this is a political hot potato that will be dropped just as soon as hot dog lovers in New York and perhaps more than a handful of Travel Channel viewers start making a stink. Ain't gonna happen.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:57 AM
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Nathans is the BEST hotdogs on earth. Well worth 4 bucks a pack.

No, Chicago has the best hot dogs on earth. New York has the best pizza. Get it straight! ;)

It would be a shame if they tore down this icon of Coney Island, though. Going to Nathan's was one of my highlights of my trip there. I agree that certain things should remain, whatever they do. The Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel, Nathan's, and the Freak Show.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:40 PM
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I'm not sure why people like to eat cow lips and assholes in the first place. Gross.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:45 PM
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Because they taste good. :)


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 3:24 PM

Especially after being mixed with a big ol' vat of nitrates and nitrites!


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 3:41 PM
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I'm not sure why people like to eat cow lips and assholes in the first place. Gross.

Ah man, I beg to differ. :)

Some of the best cuisine in the world is made from the odd bits. Not everyone in the world can afford filet..and what they've done with the stuff that the rich folks threw away is amazing...but now that the rich folks are thinking, hmmm, I think the poor folks are on to something and are coming up with their own takes, we all benefit! (well, except for the fact that the odd bits are now getting expensive!)


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 10:42 PM
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That's a nice video if you choose to believe it, but here's the real truth:

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Thursday, January 22, 2009 6:47 AM
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I think hotdogs are disgusting, no matter what is in them. ;)

However, I don't think the original Nathan's should be torn down and I don't see it happening. You don't mess with the locals and their Nathan's!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:39 PM
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Somebody call Joey Chestnut!


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Friday, January 23, 2009 1:15 AM

I like hot dogs. I had them for dinner two nights ago. There are a lot of other foods in the world which are made from ingredients that are equally disgusting and repulsive to some people. Everyone has their own preferences. I also agree that the orignal Nathan's should not be torn down.


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Friday, January 23, 2009 6:15 AM
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Oh I agree. I eat my fair share of crap. :) I would be willing to try a Nathan's or Pink's hotdog though. Yeah, I watch too many of those "Top 10" places to pig out, eat, etc. ;)

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Friday, January 23, 2009 8:33 AM

Ah man, I beg to differ. :)

Some of the best cuisine in the world is made from the odd bits. Not everyone in the world can afford filet..and what they've done with the stuff that the rich folks threw away is amazing.

I agree with you. To quote Tony Bourdain: "Anybody can take a piece of filet and make it good, but it takes skill to take a tough part and make it excelent."

A good example of the rich picking up on "poor food" is lobster. In the early 1800's, lobster was so plentiful and cheap, the washed up on the beach and were free, and fed to servants an prisoners.

In fact, when a servant signed on for a contract, one of the items included was a stipulation for "lobster no more than twice per week."

Now, lobster is going for $7-10/lb depending on where you are in the country.

Last edited by Hopman, Friday, January 23, 2009 8:35 AM

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Friday, January 23, 2009 8:59 AM

Jeff said:
I'm not sure why people like to eat cow lips and assholes in the first place. Gross.

LOL. You may be right.

Pehaps it's due to all the crap i eat at work sometimes that made me like them.

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