New York - travel

# 6 - August 02, 2009

  • We’ve gotten all of a sudden into this ‘authentic’ scenario,” said Michael Ayoub, owner of Fornino, a pizzeria in Williamsburg,
  • Brooklyn, referring to the expanding legions of self-regarding artisans around town.
  • “The only thing they haven’t brought over is the water from that polluted Bay of Naples
  • Many give the crown to Lucali, which opened in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, in 2006, and charges $34 (cash only!) for a pie with cheese, tomato, pepperoni and mushrooms.
  • Others swear by Zero Otto Nove, which came along a bit later on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.
  • Indeed, the wave of ostensibly principled pizza restaurants since 2004 has produced a mixed bag. Along the broad middle stretch of the spectrum, between undistinguished and outstanding, I’d place L’Asso, in NoLIta;
  • Tonda, the East Village redo of the restaurant the E.U.; Toby’s Public House, in Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn,
  • which has fine tap beers and a pubby warmth; and Luna Rossa, in Carroll Gardens, whose pies are the best in this little bunch.

# 5 - August 01, 2009

  • The lobby of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, that movie-set-perfect Art Deco interior, sees thousands of people every day.
  • Most are passing through. But for the last nine months a team of six conservators has all but moved in and will be there for the next two years.
  • Carefully concealed behind giant scrims, they spend hour after hour methodically removing decades of yellowed varnish from the building’s famed murals, one inch at a time.

# 4 - August 01, 2009

  • On Avenue J in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, a small cup of coffee costs $1.39.
  • An 18-stick package of gum is $1.49. And at Di Fara Pizza, the price of a plain cheese slice: $5.
  • Crowds form at the counter at Di Fara and spill onto the sidewalk.
  • They are not an angry mob, but a hungry one.
  • Some order two slices, for $10, and some, like Frank Mancino, a retired electrician from Bath Beach, Brooklyn,
  • whose girth is a statement about his allegiance to pizza in general and Di Fara in particular, order a whole square pie, for $30.

# 3 - July 25, 2009

  • Published: July 15, 2009
  • Nick Nerio, Jeremy Pasha and Tyler Albright, all 26, all living in Astoria, Queens,
  • and all pursuing the New York City dream of theater acting,
  • walked up a sunny, clover-dotted slope just inside Central Park at 79th Street,
  • in the direction of the choppy strains of an orchestra tuning up.
  • Thousands gathered in Central Park on Tuesday evening to bask in mild weather and free classical music.
  • They carried wine from Trader Joe’s, blankets, almonds and goldfish
  • (the Pepperidge Farm kind),
  • and they were headed to the Great Lawn in search of a patch of grass.
  • It was 6:15 on Tuesday evening, a breezy, golden 77 degrees,
  • and people were streaming into the park with plastic bags of picnic food,
  • like pilgrims bearing offerings,
  • for one of the city’s great summer rites:
  • At 8 p.m., on the grassy oval ringed by oaks,
  • skyscrapers and the almost-too-cute turrets of Belvedere Castle,
  • the New York Philharmonic would start to play. Free.

# 2 - July 25, 2009

  • 3. Fifth Avenue, New York City — $7,500 per square foot.

# 1 - July 25, 2009

  • The Shakespeare in the Park production of "Twelfth Night" opened Thursday at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. - Ann Hathaway as the disguised male Page Cesario
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