The most famous HotDog in Coney Island is back!
Our friend, Jason Homa, shares with us information, and a bit of History, about Feltman’s hot dog!
"In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I wanted to share this story about Feltmans's of Coney Island and the Original Hot Dog. While Nathan's is world-renowned and synonymous with Coney Island today, it was actually an offshoot of Feltman's.
Charles Feltman first served sausages on rolls from a push cart in 1867 on the beach. He saved enough money to build what would become known as the worlds's largest restaurant complex at the time. It is here he developed the modern hot dog. This establishment was upscale so the hot dog wasn't his top seller.
In 1916 Nathan Handwerker left Feltman's to create his own establishment, selling hotdogs for half the price. The two restaurants co-existed for about 40 years but Feltman's closed in 1954.
Today, Feltman's is having a revival as a Coney Island historian and tour guide reintroduces Feltman's hot dog. They plan to sell it at half the price of Nathan’s.”
If you’ve never be to Coney Island (which is not really an island!), now could be the perfect chance for you to visit and experience what it was like around 1930–1945 - when the drawing/picture above was made.
Photo Credit: Boston Public Library