The Nathan's contest is the Tour de France, the Masters, and the Super Bowl rolled into a hot dog bun. I've been fortunate to be at the final table for a decade. Where can eating too many hot dogs get you?
Hot dogs represent both individualism and community. There is a paradox that exists between the national nostalgia attached to hot dogs, and the quest to constantly update the cuisine and integrate other culture's flavors into the quintessential American food.
I thought, "Is Bloomberg really wrong?" There's nothing healthy about the way Americans eat their potatoes. Yet, even if he is right, I don't want him or any government leader to limit my fried potato consumption. I can do that on my own.
By allowing Surf Avenue's historic buildings to be razed, the city risks treating Coney Island as a brand name rather than a place. That's like Texas tearing down the Alamo to build an Alamo theme park.
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest: over 30,000 watched the event live; 1.5 million watched on TV; 100,000 people downloaded the clip from YouTube. What kind of example do competitive eating contests set?