Hot Dogs in Manhattan, Vanishing New York Highlights Everything "Papaya"

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The "Recession Special": Two dogs (with mustard and relish) and a 16-ounce papaya drink

Vanishing New York is a great blog which takes “a bitterly nostalgic look at a City in the process of going extinct.” It is a somber reflection on the days of old, a peek at buildings, monuments and New York institutions well past their peak. In a recent article, the site took a look at all the remaining “Papaya” related Hot Dog businesses, and was sadly able to fit all remaining locations in single blog post.

New Yorkers eat hot dogs. Unfortunately, low-priced everyday franks–without the artisanal bells and whistles–can’t pay the new exorbitant rents. So we’re left with fewer and fewer hot dog stands. From my count (am I missing any?), Manhattan now has just eight spots to grab a couple of hot dogs and a papaya drink, way down from a once plentiful number. I went to all of them* and ordered the same meal: Two dogs (with mustard and relish) and a 16-ounce papaya drink. The ever-present “recession special,” which goes for about 5 bucks.

For a detailed description of each of the 8 remaining Papaya spots, check out the full article on Vanishing New York.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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