Grandson writes book, films movie about life of Nathan’s Famous founder
The grandchild of Nathan Handwerker - the man who founded Nathan's Famous - has written a book and filmed a movie about his late grandfather's life.
For years, Lloyd Handwerker, of Park Slope, says journalists and biographers tried to get Nathan's story printed, but the humble immigrant from Poland turned them down.
A year before his death, he detailed his story to one of Lloyd Handwerker's cousins.
"It's got a lot of information about his childhood in Poland and his family and my great grandparents, and then a lot of information about the beginnings of Nathan's," he says.
Handwerker says his book and film also busts myths about the business, including the secret spice recipe, which he says really isn't a secret.
"Growing up in Eastern Europe in Poland, the sausages are very popular things, so they had taste buds that developed from that region of the world," he says.
The Coney Island staple, which started as a stand on Surf Avenue, celebrated a century of business last year.