‘Schnack’ attack

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Nick DeSilvio took home the “Schnackie Award” this week when he devoured nine mini-hamburgers in six minutes, beating out his fellow longshoreman at the first-ever hamburger-eating contest on the Red Hook waterfront.

The 23-year-old Bensonhurst native and eating contest rookie said he prepared for the big day by not eating breakfast.
“It’s not as easy as it looks,” said DeSilvio, who beat out co-worker Danny Drew by just one bite.

Drew, who lives on Staten Island, fessed up to eating a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast and feared that might have been his downfall.

Chef Harry Hawk, who co-owns Schnack restaurant on Union Street off Columbia Street, provided 100 of his 99-cent Schnackie burgers, sometimes referred to as “sliders,” for the contest, which kicked off at high noon on May 7 at the Red Hook Container Port at Pier 9 off Columbia Street.

Surrounded by cranes, top loaders and a container ship, DeSilvio said he “felt a little full” but would be able to return to work.

American Stevedoring, which operates the container terminal, organized the event. The company is still negotiating to renew its lease for the 100-acre facility with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the city Economic Development Corp.

DeSilvio took home a $200 Schnack gift certificate and said he planned on using it to order lunch for everybody.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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