NYC's Carnegie Deli Closes Its Doors

Customers waited in more than 2-hour lines for famed eatery's last corned beef on rye sandwiches.
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of the year, and the end of an E era for a New York landmark. Here's Ron Claiborne. Reporter: They lined up outside in the cold for one final meal at the Carnegie deli. Can I ask how long you've been waiting in line? Over two hours. Reporter: The long wait for its fabled feasts, like this, an almost impossibly humongous corned beef sandwich on rye, that tips the scales at 20 bucks. Can you speak? Is it good? Just nod if it is. It's so delicious. Reporter: The Carnegie deli isn't just a restaurant. It's really good. It's a culinary, even cultural institution, uniquely and authentically New York. It's been featured in woody Allen's "Broadway Danny rose" and on television. But last fall, beleaguered by rising costs, its owner decided it's time to move on. It's very bittersweet. It's in my family for 40 years. Reporter: So, tonight, its photo gallery of the famous and forgotten will come down, and a little piece of New York City, about the size of a pastrami on rye, will be gone forever. Ron Claiborne, ABC news, new York. Our thanks to Ron. And thank you for watching "World news tonight" this past year. It would not be possible without the incredible team behind the scenes. Tonight, we salute them. I'm Tom llamas. For David and all of us here, happy new year. ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? A troubling find among the river. A body washing ashore. Waiter: Here's your check. Oh! You--you got it. You know, since I got rid of my car, I really enjoy walking. Ok.

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