4th of July in New York City = Hot Dogs, Fireworks and Water Taxis

By David Caplan

Another 4th of July has passed in NYC. Once again the citizens of New York gathered to celebrate America’s birthday. By approximately 9:00 pm almost 3 million people lined the streets along the East River in Manhattan and Brooklyn to witness the “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. “There were people on rooftops, balconies, overpasses and boats. New York Water Taxi’s entire fleet was in perfect position on the East River and the guests were not disappointed. After munching down on delicious appetizers and entrees, the 4th of July revelers on Water Taxis enjoyed sipping refreshing cocktails in anticipation of the main event. In the largest display of fireworks in the US, 50,000 pyrotechnic shells were employed in a dazzling 25 minute performance creating endless combinations of choreography and color.

Earlier in the day, in historic Coney Island, another world defining event was unfolding, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest. In the 99th year of the event, contestants had ten minutes to consume as many hot dogs and buns as possible. In the women’s division last year’s champ Miki Sudo easily defeated her closest rival Sonja “Black Widow” Thomas by a margin of 38 to 31 hot dogs. In the Men’s division 8 times defending champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut was dethroned by his biggest threat Matt “Megatoad” Stonie by a score of 62 to 60 dogs. In just 10 brief minutes Mr. Stonie consumed 17,360 calories, 1116 grams of fat and 48,360 milligrams of sodium. Both champions walked home $10,000 richer for their foray into gastronomic immortality.

Last blog’s trivia Answer: Oldest Museum-NY Historical Society opened 1804

Last blog’s mystery Photo: A miniature version of the Lincoln Memorial

This blog’s trivia question: Where is the Flatiron Building?

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