Photographing the last of NYC’s old-school pizza joints (slide show)

Kickstarter-funded book The New York Pizza Project is a celebration of the city’s neighborhood pie joints

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    Sal, Pugsley's Pizza, the Bronx

  • Photograph courtesy the New York Pizza Project

    Elegante Pizzeria, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

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    Big Vin, Lenny's Pizza; Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

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    Fivo's Pizza, Washington Heights

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    Frank Taormina, Rizzo's Fine Pizza; Astoria, Queens

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    Smiling Pizza, Park Slope, Brooklyn

Photograph courtesy the New York Pizza Project

Sal, Pugsley's Pizza, the Bronx

Neighborhood pizza parlors are a city staple: the orange benches, the counter guy who never smiles, the ultra-satisfying meal that reliably comes in under four bucks. As we collectively pray that rising rents don’t muscle out these crusty havens, five pie-loving dudes have raised the dough to produce a new book, The New York Pizza Project, which celebrates the everyday New Yorkers who work and dine at these beloved eateries.


The tome includes photos, interviews and anecdotes collected from more than 100 neighborhood slice joints, from Pugsley’s Pizza in the Bronx to Gravesend original L&B Spumoni Gardens. Now its creators are funding production costs with $22,668 (and counting) raised via Kickstarter, with a planned release date at the end of 2014.


"Pizza is New York City’s soul food," says Ian Manheimer, one of the book’s authors. "The experience is very traditional: You come in, you get a slice, and you bounce. We’re trying to document why the experience can’t be found somewhere else." We couldn't agree more—and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for scratch-and-sniff pages.



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