NYC has a thousand immigrant stories of men and women who came here and prospered, parlaying what skills they had and their confidence into business and personal success. One who prospered mightily was Nathan Handwerker who now has had a documentary made about him. Because he built a business which has become an icon of NYC, ‘Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs’. You can currently go and see that documentary at Cinema Village at 22 East 12th St, Greenwich Village and this video is a trailer to whet your appetite.
Behind all the hoopla now associated with the hot dog eating contest held each July 4th on Coney Island is a long story about Nthan and his equally hard working wife Ida, Coney Island and that magical ingredient, millions of New Yorkers who decided they just loved what Nathan had to offer.
There’s great archival footage of Coney Island right from the turn of the 20th Century and of course many shots of Nathan himself. And many fond memories from his friends and admirers, all captured forever on film. But above all this documetnary is about what NYC has to offer when spit, determination and business talent meet up with a huge and willing market. And boy do New Yorkers love hot dogs.