Yesterday, the Brooklyn Paper reported that Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand in Coney Island might be closed as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to build a 27-acre amusement park called “People’s Playground.” Eek! Where would we sober up after a day stumbling along the boardwalk, if not at the hot dog flagship on Surf and Stillwell?
But, if we have learned anything this Inauguration Day, it’s that there’s hope…
Nathan’s Famous has since responded to the reports, with CEO Eric Gatoff saying “we fully intend to maintain our historic flagship restaurant at 1310 Surf Avenue, which has been the heart of the company since it was established in 1916…there is no intention to replace or demolish our flagship location.
In fact, the Coney Island Development Corporation’s own drawings of its
intended redevelopment continue to show Nathan’s Famous in the same
location on which it has stood for 93 years, on the corner of Surf and
Stillwell Avenues, at the front door to the “People’s Playground.”
We really hope that Nathan’s is indeed safe. We now resume Inauguration drinking.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 20, 2009