These vagabond shoes, They are longing to stray, Right through the very heart of it, New York, New York! – Frank Sinatra (from the song New York, New York – music by John Kander and text by Fred Ebb, 1977).
NEW YORK A man (played by Kevin Bacon) travels across New York City to get a Nathan’s Famous hot dog and eat it at Coney Island pier’s end (Brooklyn), sitting on the bench, in front of the Atlantic Ocean. The first short film written and directed by Scarlett Johansson – segment cut out from “New York, I love You” – tells about the love for this city but also the contemporary urban solitude. Here “These Vagabond Shoes” (2009), enjoy:
Nathan’s Famous HISTORY
Nathan’s Famous was founded by a Polish immigrant, Nathan Handwerker, and his is truly an authentic “only in America story”. He started his business in 1916 with a small hot dog stand in Coney Island, Brooklyn. He sold hot dogs that were manufactured based on a recipe developed by his wife, Ida. In the over 96 years that have passed since opening day, Nathan’s has gained worldwide recognition for the unequaled quality and taste of its product. Today, Nathan’s has gained a reputation for being among the highest quality hot dogs in the world. Nathan’s popularity was almost instantaneous, and in its earliest days had legendary characters such as Al Capone, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, and Cary Grant as regular customers. It gained its first international exposure when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt served Nathan’s Famous hot dogs to the King and Queen of England in 1939. Later, Roosevelt had Nathan’s hot dogs sent to Yalta when he met with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Years later, Nelson Rockefeller, Governor of New York, stated that, “No man can hope to be elected in his state without being photographed eating a hot dog at Nathan’s Famous”. Politicians, show-business personalities, and sports celebrities are often seen and photographed munching Nathan’s dogs, and heard singing its praises. Barbra Streisand, actually had Nathan’s hot dogs delivered to London, England for a private party. A trip to Nathan’s was the focus of a Seinfeld episode created by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. More recently, the ex-mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani declared Nathan’s the “World’s best hot dog”. Shortly after that, Nathan Handwerker was named to the city’s top 100 – joining the ranks of Joe Namath, Irving Berlin, Andrew Carnegie, Joe DiMaggio and others. Even Jacqueline Kennedy loved Nathan’s dogs, and served them at the White House. In his final last will and testament, actor Walter Mathau requested Nathan’s hot dogs to be served at his funeral – they were! The point is Nathan’s is not just a hot dog, it has history and it is Americana! Every year over 435 million Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs are sold! Today, Nathan’s is sold and enjoyed in all 50 States and sold at over 40,000 food service and retail outlets.
WHERE: the original Nathan’s restaurant stands at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in the Coney Island neighborhood of the New York City borough of Brooklyn – 1310 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.