Fortunately, forces are underway to stop the city's claws from eradicating Nathan's as we've known it.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported:
Two separate petitions have started on PetitionSpot.com that are aiming to protect the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Stand building in Coney Island.
The hot dog stand, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell avenues, is the very first of the national chain’s outlets, founded by Nathan Handwerker in 1916. It is also the most iconic of the amusement area’s many food merchants, each year hosting the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest.
The building would be torn down to make way for one of several high-rises planned for the neighborhood. Dick Zigun, representing Coney Island USA, an arts center, has said, “We are in favor of the amusements and the housing but we think there should be more room for more rides and less room for hotels. And the demolition of Nathan’s? No way.”