From the Courier-Life:
The struggle to save Coney Island’s storied past while paving the way for its glorious future has come down to brick and tile.
It’s all members of the Coney Island History Project were expecting to extract from the demolished Feltman’s Building this week.
“It’s really a shame,” said Charles Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project. “I think it could have been repurposed. It’s a solid building, but it just doesn’t fit into their plans.”
The city is busily clearing the former site of the Astroland Amusement Park at 1000 Surf Avenue in advance of the new “Luna Park” amusement park set to debut on Memorial Day.
The Feltman building, located on same site, is thought to be the only tangible remnant of Charles Feltman’s vast Coney Island empire of restaurants, thrill rides, and attractions.
Feltman, who immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1856, is credited with inventing the hot dog. Many believe that Nathan Handwerker, founder of Nathan’s Famous, once worked inside the same Feltman building tagged for demolition.
Of course, the building didn't look like the above photo before it's demolition. It looked like this. But still... now it looks like this:
Update from Curbed