Pizza History The New York Slice

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One Slice of New York PIZZA on Top of Another

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The origin story of New York pizza starts with large waves of Italian immigrants settling in the city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By 1920, roughly a quarter of the 1.6 million Italian immigrants in the United States were living in New York, establishing enclaves in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Such neighborhoods were home to the first pizzerias, like Lombardi’s in Little Italy, which opened on Spring Street in 1905. The namesake of the Neapolitan immigrant Gennaro Lombardi, the restaurant used a coal-fired oven to create pizzas with puffy, charred crusts and a bubbling layer of tomato sauce and cheese that made it one of the most popular restaurants in Little Italy. As if in biblical succession, as apprentices left to start their own pizza operations, Lombardi’s begat Totonno’s in Coney Island, John’s in Greenwich Village and Patsy’s in what is now Spanish Harlem. These are the four acknowledged prewar pizza pillars in the city. (Though none of them was a slice joint in the current sense.)

 

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Hot, filling and eaten with the hands, pizza elicited breathless coverage from The Times fairly early on, as food writers marveled at the appealing combination of ingredients and convenience. By 1947, the paper was fully sold. “A round of dough is baked with tomatoes and anchovies and cheese atop, cut into wedges, then eaten with the fingers between gulps of wine,” the food editor Jane Nickerson enthused. “The pizza could be as popular a snack as the hamburger if Americans only knew more about it.”

Nine years later, The Times’s Herbert Mitgang contemplated the reasons for pizza’s popularity, writing, “The guess is that a number of Americans of Italian origin, aided by advertising and refrigeration, have made pizza as delectable as such other postwar imports as Lollobrigida” — referring to Gina, the saucy Roman film star. The Neapolitan-style pie became a chic dinner-party staple that could also be supplemented with a salad for a filling, family meal. But one innovation would change how New Yorkers enjoyed pizza forever.

Frank Mastro, an Italian immigrant and businessman, saw the potential for pizza to be as popular in America as the hot dog. He just had to figure out a way to make it quicker and cheaper for both restaurant owners and diners. So in the mid-1930s, he devised a gas pizza oven that maintained optimal temperatures even as the door was opened over and over.

Although it is hard to pinpoint when pizza was first sold by the slice, the introduction of the gas oven with multiple decks gave New Yorkers the option of enjoying a crisp-bottomed slice either as a full meal or a substantial snack between meals as they moved around the city. Pizza shop owners no longer needed to learn how to operate a coal-fired oven, meaning pizza could be made quicker and with less training. By the 1960s, the slice joint boom was on. And it is the slice joint that really turned pizza from an Italian food in New York City into a New York City food — a meal shared across neighborhoods, ethnicities and age groups, equally at home in the Bay Ridge of “Saturday Night Fever” as in the Bedford-Stuyvesant of “Do the Right Thing.”

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My Favorite Slice in Town is Not a SLICE but a SQUARE

The SOHO SQUARE at PRINCE STREET PIZZA is The Best Dam piece of PIZZA

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This proliferation was also helped along by the same thing that brought pizza to this country in the first place: immigration. In the ’60s and ’70s, waves of immigrants from Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America began joining the work force and landing in food service roles, where the barrier to entry was much lower than in other fields.

As one of the standard-bearers of the current slice-joint renaissance, Scarr Pimentel remembers his spot on 138th Street and Broadway. “Kids like me pretty much grew up in pizza shops,” said Mr. Pimentel, whose family moved to New York from the Dominican Republic. “If you had five bucks you could have a slice, a soda and some ice cream. It was a full meal and sometimes the owner would slip us an extra slice or something.” Mr. Pimentel opened his own pizza shop in 2016, the sleek and retro Scarr’s Pizza on the Lower East Side. His slices and pies are made with organic flour, high-quality tomatoes and cheese and carefully sourced (often organic) toppings, but the slice-joint spirit holds true. “Who would’ve thought a kid like me from the Dominican Republic would own a pizza shop in New York City one day?” he added.

 

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The Great DOM DeMARCO Finishing Up one of His Masterful Pies

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John Kambouris immigrated to Washington Heights in 1965 from a small Greek island about 200 miles east of Athens. “I had $10 in my pocket,” he said from behind the counter of Pizza Palace on Dyckman Street, which he has owned since 1979, when he bought the business from an Italian couple he knew from the neighborhood. “They say the Italians bring the pizza here, but we put our culture on it.” In the 1960s this area was Irish and Jewish, he explained. Today, the neighborhood is home to a large Caribbean population, including a large concentration of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. “I love what I’m doing … we’re making pizza that people want and I don’t have to be Italian to make good pizza,” Mr. Kambouris said, before noting, “I’ve put three kids through college off of this shop.”

It’s in hundreds of shops like his around the city, many no bigger than subway cars, where you’ll find New Yorkers shoulder to shoulder, eating slices in near silence. “Teens, Wall Street guys, guys camped out with a shopping cart, a pizza place is the most diverse space in the city,” said Colin Atrophy Hagendorf, author of “Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza” and host of the Radio Harvester podcast. “Inside a pizzeria that dream of diverse New York City is a reality. I think that’s such a beautiful thing.”

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New York ‘s Best Croissant

 
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Well just came out of the World’s Most Beautiful Cathedral, The Cathedral of Saint John The Devine. As always the visit was magnificent and “Awe Inspiring,” Truly! I’ve been in many beautiful Churches and Cathedrals around the World, not all but many. I’ve been to the famed Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, to one in Montreal as well, to St. Peter’s in Rome, The Cathedral of St. Marks Venice, The Sagrada Familia in Barcelonam Beautiful Churches in Positano, Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Gorgeous Churches in Rio de Janiero, and even there exist a Beautiful Cathedral in believe it or not Newark, new Jersey. And of all these beautiful Churches and Cathedrals, I’ve never seen any, that in My Mind, is as Beautiful and Awe Inspiring as the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine way up on 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in the Columbia Heights section of “Guess What? New York City.
What’s that you say? You’re from New York, and you’ve never heard of this Magnificent place. Don’t worry! you’re not alone.”
I’m sure 90% of all New Yorker’s have never heard of this almost Secret Gem of Manhattan. I’ve been there more than a dozen times in my life, and every time I’ve ever taken anyone there, it had been their first trip and they were all absolutely “Amazed.”
Anyway, I can ramble on-and-on about the place, its Beauty and Awe inspiring Magnificent and you might seem like I’m some kind of nut. That old cliche of “Words Can’t Describe” the beauty of this place may have never run truer. Words can not do justice to the feelings you’ll get when inside. But speaking of Words, all you have to do is take my word and go there. At least once in your life. You’ll be Amazed! Truly!
Now, on to the Hungarian Pastry Shop across from the Great Cathedral. The place is awesome, and without a doubt, one of New York’s Great Cafes, as well of one of my picks for World’s Best Cafes. The place has everything a great cafe needs in order to be considered great, plus one thing many don’t have. They make all their own pastries, cakes, cookies, and absolutely thee Best Croissants in all of New York. OK, they got that, which isn’t a requirement to be in the Great Cafe Class, but it’s definitely a “Plus.” OK, a great cafe also needs a wonderful cozy comfortable ambiance, Great Coffee, a Cool Eclectic Client which includes artists and writers etc., along with a Great Vibe. A must! So yes, The Hungarian Pastry Shop has all of these and in Spades. The place is filled with Columbia and Barnard University students and a sprinkling of faculty I guess. There are writers, local residents, and usually anybody who goes to a cafe, by definition has “Something Going On.” And being a cross from the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, there are tourists, and let’s Thank God for the tourists because other than the parishioners of the church there wouldn’t be many to admire this Great Wonder of New York. As stated earlier, New Yorkers for the most part, don’t even know this Gem of a Cathedral even exists. What a shame. But the tourists do, more so even than the natives. Oh well.
Back to the pastry shop. It is really a wonderful little place. it’s filled with life. The tourists stopping in for a Cappuccino and some sweets, the students studying and what not, writers writing, artists contemplating, and locals having their daily Cup of Joe. I Love it.
Don’t get to go there that often, it’s so far away, about 115 blocks. I live in the Village, the most wonderful neighborhood in new York, and I pretty much have everything I need there.
But Saint John’s is so absolutely wonderful that I think I should try to make a point of shooting up there once every 4-6 weeks. Go into the Cathedral, feel the Majesty, then bop over across the street for a cup of Coffee and a pastry or two. And listen, “You should too. At least Once in your life!”
 
 
The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine and the Hungarian Pastry Shop are both at Amsterdam and 112-113 Street in New York, NY
 
The 1 TRAIN Station is 2 blocks away, and you can take the C Train at 110 Street and Central park West, about 4 blocks walk. Make a whole day of it. Go to Central Park, the Cathedral of course, You can go to “Tom’s” of SEINFELD fame 2 blocks away on Broadway for a Burger, Breakfast or whatever, and a must visit to the Hungarian Pastry Shop Cafe for a Great Day in Columbia heights NY, NY
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Notre Dame de Paris

 

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Notre Dame

EDWARD HOPPER

Paris

 

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Notre Dame

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In Front of Ground Zero – France

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Paris

 

On 15 April 2019, just before 18:50 CEST, a fire broke out beneath the roof of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. By the time the fire was extinguished fifteen hours later, the building’s spire and roof had collapsed and its interior, upper walls, and windows had been severely damaged; even more extensive damage to the interior was prevented by the stone vaulted ceiling, which largely contained the burning roof as it collapsed. Many works of art and other treasures were evacuated early in the emergency, but many others were damaged or destroyed. The cathedral’s two pipe organs, and its three 13th-century rose windows, suffered little or no damage. No person, firefighter or civilian, was killed by the fire.

President Emmanuel Macron promised the country would restore the cathedral and launched a fundraising campaign which brought in pledges of €800 million within 24 hours. It has been estimated that restoration could require twenty years or more.

Construction of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris (“Our Lady of Paris”) began in the 12th century, using stonework for the walls and vault and wood for the main roofs and spire. The original flèche (spire) lasted until 1383, its replacement was lost in a 1630 fire, and a third was damaged by wind and removed between 1786 and 1791; the spire lost in the fire, made of lead-covered oak and designed by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, was added in the mid-19th century. The cathedral was listed as part of the “Paris, Banks of the Seine” UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

In recent years the cathedral suffered significantly from crumbling stonework, primarily due to environmental pollution; for example, acid rain attacks limestone. In 2014, the Ministry of Culture estimated the cost of the renovation work needed by the cathedral at €150 million.

In 2016, the Archdiocese of Paris launched an appeal to raise €100 million over the following five to ten years to meet the costs of maintenance and restoration. At the time of the fire, it was undergoing renovations on the spire, estimated to cost €6 million. Steel scaffolding had been erected around the roofs.

 

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Tiger Woods Wins The Masters 2019

 
 

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Tiger Woods Fist Pump after making a Birdie Put in 2019 Masters

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Tiger Woods approaches the 18th Green

At Augusta National Golf Club

On HIS WAY to WINNING

The 2019 Masters Golf Tournament


 

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TIGER WOODS is JUBILANT as he Wins The MASTERS 2019

For His 15 MAJOR GOLF TOURNAMENT VICTORY

And His 5th GREEN JACKET

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Mick Jagger recovering from Successful Heart Surgery in New York

 
 
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“WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST”
 
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“GET WELL SOON”

 

Mick Jagger has successfully undergone what is being described as a “minimally invasive” heart valve replacement procedure.The Rolling Stones frontman is reportedly resting at an unspecified New York CIty hospital. According to Billboard, Jagger was given a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). By using this procedure, doctors were able to repair the heart valve using a catheter that accesses a major artery without opening the chest.
This will allow Jagger to recover much faster than he would be able to do after a more conventional and invasive procedure. Assuming there are no post-surgery complications, the singer could be released from the hospital within a few days.
The Stones postponed their scheduled No Filter tour in order to give the 75-year-old singer time to recover. Rescheduled dates have not yet been announced, although Billboard notes that the shows are now expected to take place starting in July, with details arriving “in the coming weeks.”
News of Jagger’s health issues first broke on March 30. “Unfortunately today the Rolling Stones have had to announce the postponement of their upcoming U.S. / Canada tour dates,” the band confirmed in a prepared statement. “We apologize for any inconvenience this causes those who have tickets to shows but wish to reassure fans to hold onto these existing tickets, as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates, which will be announced shortly.”
“Mick has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time, as he needs medical treatment. The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible.”
Jagger expressed disappointment at having to postpone the dates, saying he was “so sorry to all our fans in America & Canada with tickets. I really hate letting you down like this. I’m devastated for having to postpone the tour but I will be working very hard to be back on the road as soon as I can. Once again, huge apologies to everyone.”
The singer has always taken his health seriously, especially in his elder years. According to The Sun, Jagger maintains a healthy, organic diet, jogs up to eight miles a day and also participates in activities like cycling, yoga and meditation. The septuagenarian credits his healthy lifestyle for enabling him to continue touring and performing at a high level.
 
 
 
 
 
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From Your MILLIONS of LOYAL FANS
 
 
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Mick Jagger ‘s message to his MILLIONS of LOYAL Fans on Instagram
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Wishing MICK JAGGER Well

 

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Mick Jagger

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“WISHING YOU a SPEEDY RECOVERY MICK.

GOD BLESS and Get WELL Soon, Danny”

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The ROLLING STONES

ED SULLIVAN SHOW

Look at Mick! I was a young boy of just 6 years old when I first heard or knew anything about Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. Mick sang “Time Is on My Side” and I just Loved it. Loved Mick and the Band ever since. The Rolling Stones have always been there for me, ever since I was that young little six year old boy and watching them perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was maybe the greatest show of its time, and one of the few places to see musical acts such as ELVIS, The Beatles, The Jackson 5 (Michael Jackson), Dianna Ross & The Supremes and other great performers of the 1960s. We watch Ed Sullivan and his guest each and every Sunday Night, just as millions of other families did all around America. Back then, there was nothing quite like the Ed Sullivan Show.

Anyway, this is not about Ed Sullivan and his show as great as they both were. This is about Mick Jagger and the Greatest ROCK-N-ROLL BAND of ALL TIME, The ROLLING STONES and one Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger or simply Mick. When I wake up everyday, the first thing I do as I hope out of bed on my way to the bathroom is click on my RADIO to 1010 WINS NEWS the all-news radio station in New York City, New York. It’s a great radio station that along with all the big news stories of the day, locally and around the world, they also give you all sorts of interesting little stories that you might not get on network news. Anyway, as new stories were being told, the news reporter broadcast that the Rolling Stones had just postponed their up-coming concert tour do to the illness of Mick Jagger. “Oh my God, I hope Mick is OK,” I thought to myself, and wondering what it could be. What was Mick Jagger’s illness, as the reporter didn’t say. All they said was that his doctors have told Mick Jagger that he can’t do his up=coming concert, and that he must rest, and so that is all we have heard so far. Please, we all (millions of Mick Jagger’s Fans) are hoping and praying that it isn’t anything too serious, and that Mick will be getting well soon, and well enough to re-schedule the concert tour.

Of course Mick’s health is the most important thing. We all Love Mick and The Rolling Stones, and we are wishing so that Mick makes a speedy recovery, and we are so hoping that it (Mick Jagger’s illness) is nothing bad.

Ever since my friend Mireya got us tickets a few months ago to go see Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones Concert at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, I have been quite psyched to go see the Stones. Please get well soon Mick. For it is not just that I want, would love to, or need to go see the Rolling Stones so badly in concert. No I don’t, but being able to go see Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones at a later date, will mean, that whatever your illness is Mick, that you are well, you have recovered from whatever it is that the doctors ordered you to postpone the Rolling Stones 2019 Concert Tour so you can rest and get well. Myself and millions of Mick Jagger and Rolling Stones Fans are hoping and praying that it isn’t anything too serious that is keeping Mick Jagger from going on tour now. I want to go to that re-scheduled Rolling Stones concert that I have tickets for on June 13th at Met Life, so I can see Mick & The Stones perform live in East Rutherford, the town that I sat there in my living room  on Hackensack Stree, watching the Rolling Stones (with Mick Jagger) on Television over 54 years ago. That time I watched Mick Jagger and The ROlling STones on TV, and this time I want to see Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones perform live at Met Life Stadium, in my home-town of East Rutherford, new Jersey/ God Bless You Mick, and please Get Well Soon, “I want to see you live in ER, NJ.” 

“Basta!”

Daniel Bellino Zwicke

 

Elvis Presley CLAMBAKE

 

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Elvis stops for Gas

Clambake

1967

 

Elvis’ red sports car in the film is a one-of-a-kind 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray concept car. Originally silver in color, this car was the design inspiration for the “C2” generation of Corvettes (1963 – 1967), which took the name “Stingray” from this vehicle.

Clambake was a 1967 movie starring Elvis Presley, and co-strarring Shelly Fabares, Bill Bixby, and Will Hutchins.

A wealthy young man, Scott Heyward (Elvis Presley) wants to experience life outside of his privileged upbringing. When he meets Tom Wilson (Hutchins), an earnest water-skiing instructor, Scott offers to trade places with him. As Tom warms up to the good life, Scott gets used to a less luxurious existence and falls for Dianne Carter (Shelley Fabares), who, ironically, is hoping to meet a rich man. Sticking to his humble guise, Scott tries to woo Dianne without the benefit of his true status.

I saw this movie when it came out in 1967. I was just 9 years old and at that age movies like this; James Bond 007 films, One Million Years B.C. starring the vivacious Raquel Welsh, and Sinbad The Sailor mesmerized me. It’s totally different weeing movies in theaters on the big screen when you’re an adult and when you are a child, in your mind every new and exciting new thing is so much more magical in your child mind. The older you get the feeling dissipates, but I remember still getting that feeling on my first trip to Europe, especially in Rome as a young man of 27, I still felt the magic and euphoria of a child. The place I watched mostly all these movies was Saturday and Sunday matinees at the famed Riviloi Theater in Rutherford, New Jersey,

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