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.