Wednesday, August 10, 2011

*Everyday Chatter

Artisanalization, germophobia, and class shifts are killing the hot dog: "'a staple of New’s the way New York is.' But the way New York is has been changing." [NYT]

Check out this film footage of the Lower East Side in 1967--before it contracted "corporate herpes." [DM]

How did I miss the transgender Jesus in Tompkins Square Park? [EVC]

East Village woman is swimming to Coney Island to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of a similar swim. [EVG]

Mary Cantwell at the Chelsea Hotel in 1978. [ENY]

What is a "real looking Brooklyn working class type"? Ask CBS. [LM]

Goggla posts her "Confronting Comfort" protest coverage. [TGL]

Celebrate Historic Coney Island Sunday 8/28 from 1pm-5pm at the First Annual HISTORY DAY at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park & The Coney Island History Project.


Little Earthquake said...

Good riddance to the dirty water method of "cooking" hot dogs. That's not "killing the hot dog," that's making it edible. Meat belongs on a flame, not in a lukewarm bath. (If cooking meat on a grill is now "artisanal," then I'm Julia Child.) As a NYC tradition, watery hot dogs are no more worth keeping around than the clamhouse mafia hit.

Ed said...

If you read the article, its clear that what is disappearing is the dirty water dog, not the hot dog.

Essentially, hot dog vendors in New York boiled hot dogs in dirty water, instead of grilling them like in other cities, due to a regulatory quirk. The regulations changed, and so did the method of cooking hot dogs.

This is really nothing to complain about at all.

If you want to complain, complain about the pizza. Most of the pizza places in this city apparently get their ingredients from the same vendor. Several years ago that vendor cut costs, and the quality of pizza everywhere went down.