Facebook Power: Goodbye to Nathans Yonkers - Thanks for the Memories

Real Estate Agent with The Corcoran Group

I grew up in North East Yonkers in a section called Crestwood. On Friday via Facebook, I found out that one the the neighborhood's most iconic landmarks will close its doors on Nov. 25 after more than 47 years in business. Nathans Famous.

My family actually moved to Yonkers before there was Nathans. Prior to Nathans opening it was Adventurer's Inn. My father always referred to it as Adventurer's Inn which was also located at the Cross county Shopping center.

For every generation in Yonkers and Westchester, the Nathan's Famous hot dog restaurant on Central Avenue triggers memories. It will be replaced by a plaza mall with a small Nathans inside.

After hearing about the historic hot dog joint -- the only one of its kind in the county closing for a year on Nov. 25, people from High School converged on Facebook and had a reunion yesterday.



The following video was produced by Len Epand one of our neighbors growing up. Len became a top executive in the music industry and has produced some of the best music videos.

Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (Steven Victor Tallarico,-) also went to Roosevelt High School in Yonkers. He is a few years older than me. The video is about Yonkers and Roosevelt HS class of 68/69.

I graduated in 1973 and thanks to Facebook I've been notified that my 40 year HS reunion is next year. One of my friends and classmate from elementary school through High School was Jay Walker founder of Priceline.com.


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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

closing for a year?  Just remodeling? 

Nov 18, 2012 01:14 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

You're welcome Mitchell. 40.....50 oh well.

Nov 18, 2012 01:27 AM #5
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Maureen, Closing for a year to become a mini plaza mall. I hear  CVS pharmacy which is already accross the street will become the main tenant and Nathans will have a little location within the new plaza.

Nov 18, 2012 01:52 AM #6
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I guess "Nathans will have a little location within the new plaza" is better than it being GONE forever....  LOST.

Nov 18, 2012 02:32 AM #7
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Maureen, This has been a trend for many years. Small space or franchises of many food vendors are located in large venues like food halls in malls train stations and airports. What will be gone forever will be the game room arcade with pin ball machines etc. In the 60's and 70's there were no video games or computers. It's nostolgia for my generation because often Friday or Saturday nights in High School our night out was hanging out or meeting up there. We were able to hang out in the game room without having to eat or pay in the restaurant part. Oh, the good ole days. LOL.

Nov 18, 2012 04:59 AM #8
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Nothing stays the same ... I remember those days too. It has been a few years!

Nov 18, 2012 07:14 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

OMG Mitchell

Nathans Hot dogs Yummy

The Videos you have used to demonstrate are super fantastic .This deserves a featured post more than some of the ones i have seen .Thank You have really enjoyed this

Your Friend in Philly


Nov 18, 2012 07:39 AM #10
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Mitchell love the video.  I too hate seeing some of the old places disappearing, I suppose time changes.

Have a great week.

Nov 18, 2012 09:56 AM #11
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


Sorry to hear about Nathan's.  I'm not good at good-byes and changes like that.   I loved your video though!  The Beatles song was perfect for it.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Nov 19, 2012 01:40 PM #13
Mitchell J Hall
The Corcoran Group - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Janice, Yes, it's been a few years. I don't miss High School at all. College was much better because I was on my own not living in my parents house.

Thanks Hannah. They are delicious but nobody makes french fries like Nathans. My grandfather used to order the frogs legs. He would say "tastes just like chicken"

Jennifer,  Thanks, time changes everything. "The times they are a changing"

DeeDee, Thanks. Most people don't like good-byes and changes to the norm. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nathans Hot Dogs and Manhattan Real Estate trivia:

The chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman, Corcoran's rival real estate firm in NYC is also the-Chairman of Nathans.

Nov 20, 2012 08:04 AM #14
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Mitchell, at least Nathan's isn't closing for good. I've purchased their hot dogs in the grocery store here.

Nov 20, 2012 08:59 PM #15
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh yes, I've been there.  this used to be a fave of my grandfather's.  His name was Nat.

Nov 20, 2012 09:02 PM #16
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Great photo, now I want a hotdog !!! I'll have to sneak over to COSTCO for their $1.59 deal(dog & soda).

Nov 20, 2012 09:34 PM #17
Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Mitchell.  Certainly sad to here of Nathans leaving...

However, FB is incredible!  The power for reunions and sharing info is mind blowing!

Thanks for writing,


Nov 20, 2012 09:44 PM #18
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

nothing better than a great hot dog...saurkraut is actually very nutricious too.

Nov 20, 2012 09:58 PM #19
Rob Spinosa
Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA - San Anselmo, CA
Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County

Funny because I am visiting the town where I grew up and where my father still lives.  They've torn down my high school but the local hot dog joint remains.  Sort of a yin/yang thing going on here....

Nov 20, 2012 10:08 PM #20
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

Nathans really is famous. I've heard of it way over here in Kansas.

Nov 20, 2012 10:10 PM #21
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

A "virtual reunion" to commemorate Nathan's - that's great!

Nov 20, 2012 10:40 PM #22
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Next time you are in Northern New Jersey, head over to Clifton and try the hot dogs at Rutt's Hut.  BEST dogs ANYWHERE. Get yourself a side of fries and a side of onion rings and when you order the hot dog, ask for a Rutt's Ripper and they'll think you're a regular.

Nov 20, 2012 11:13 PM #23
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I say there are way to many malls as is, keep Nathan's what a shame :( I guess at least they will have one inside but the atmosphere is never the same. 

Nov 21, 2012 03:32 AM #24
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