Share this article

print logo

TIMES SQUARE LANDMARK AWAITS WRECKING BALL

The wrecking ball is due Sunday.

Fred Hakim, 69, whose family served its first Times Square hot dog in 1939, knows that his cramped 42nd Street luncheonette -- the last old business on the block -- is history.

But he clings to a dream: that the forces behind the "New 42nd Street" will find a spot where his son, Glenn, 26, can continue the family business. Officials are sympathetic but offer no guarantees.

Hakim's Grand Luncheonette is a six-seat, 1950s-style place where two hot dogs still sell for $1.95.

All the property along the 42nd Street block was condemned to make way for new tenants. The street is dominated by Disney's new store and adjoining theater.

There are no comments - be the first to comment