Nathan’s Famous, the Coney Island hot-dog emporium is celebrating its 100th anniversary! Commemorating the occasion there are at least two books being published recounting the history of the famed New York institution. And to keep it all in the family, both books are by grandsons of the original founder, Nathan Handwerker.
“Nathan’s Famous: The First 100 Years. An Unauthorized View of America’s Favorite Frankfurter Company,” by William Handwerker was published last month. And not to be out done, his cousin Lloyd, just released “Famous Nathan: A Family Saga of Coney Island, the American Dream, and the Search for the Perfect Hot Dog,”.
Although there is some overlap in the two books, William and Lloyd come at the story from two entirely different perspectives so fans of the Coney Island eatery will want to check out both.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.