Photo by myself near Madison Square Park, at 23rd Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.
An extremely tall modern building is rising up opposite the historic Metlife Tower. An equally staggering crane is aiding the construction.
The buildings all along 23rd Street to either side of this new building are rather low in comparison. Some restaurants, a nail and hair salon, and a FedEx office can be found at street level.
Saturday morning, I heard Mark yelling at the tv: 'Oh wow! Whoa! Come on!'
I shuffled over. What kind of game was he watching? Mark is one of those rare guys who isn't a huge sports fan. He'll tune into tennis or the Olympic trials that are going on, but that's it.
Turning the corner, I realized what he was screaming about: the annual hot dog eating contest held on Coney Island every 4th of July.
Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs sponsors the contest every year. Just about everyone in New York shakes at the name of Kobayashi, who won the contest six years in a row, typically eating more than 60 hot dogs and their buns in the 12-minute period. (Egad, it is a lot of dogs!).
This year's contest was scaled back to 10-minutes, and the winner, Joey Chestnut, also won last year. Chestnut tied Kobayashi by devouring 59 dogs. The contest was finally decided in with a tie breaker.
For more on this year's contest, click here.
Related posts: Food on the Brain and Food For Thought.