Mike Logan: 86 and 3rd – the papaya place.
In the early half of the 20th century, Greek immigrant Gus Poulos, with his store established on 86th Street and 3rd Avenue, came up with the idea to combine selling tropical drinks (inspired by vacations to Miami and Cuba) with hot dogs (influenced by the largely German-Polish demographic of the neighborhood at that time). He was subsequently dubbed the "Papaya King." The success of his "Papaya King" establishment spawned other competitors (e.g., "Gray's Papaya," "Papaya World," "Papaya Paradise," "Papaya Jack"). These hot dog shops can be found throughout NYC.