About this project
UPDATE: Thanks to you we've surpassed our initial funding goal! We wanted to let you know: All the money we raise here will go towards making the best product we can. Right now we're working with our printer to figure out costs for making a better book. We're excited and we'll post updates here to keep you in the loop.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"As New York City increasingly becomes Disneyfied, neighborhood pizza joints are keeping it real. The New York Pizza Project has scoured the city, from Greenwich Village to Bay Ridge and Arthur Avenue, to create a vivid collection of photos and quotes that capture the true character and spirit of the streets, one slice at a time." — Jeremiah Moss, Vanishing New York
"Gorgeous candid photos of pizza-makers and pizza-eaters, along with their stories and quips, slice to the heart of what makes New York’s pizza culture so special. Sure, The New York Pizza Project is about the pizza. But really? It’s about how the pizza brings us together as individuals and as a city." — Adam Kuban, founder of Slice
"The New York Pizza Project captures every pizzeria's soul with beautifully honest photos. It's not about the pizza, it's about the characters. From the pizza makers to the customers to the tables to the facade of the building, every piece tells the story of a sadly fading piece of the city." — Scott Weiner, Scott's Pizza Tours
Our wish is to create a beautifully designed and professionally printed coffee table book that celebrates the New York in New York Pizza.
A few years ago, the five of us were sitting around eating pizza and talking about the pizza shops we grew up in. Aside from the always heated debate about the best slice in New York, we found ourselves reminiscing about the little things — the Icees, the orange booths, the pizza guy who never smiles — stuff like that.
We started discussing the idea of a book that encapsulates all of those little things we love about New York City pizza. Before long, we were spending our nights and weekends visiting local shops, talking with the owners and customers, taking photos, and having fun.
At first, the photography was our primary goal. We were focused on the quirks and charms that gave each space its character. We'd photograph the pizza boxes, the packs of sodas stacked to the ceiling, the walls decorated with movie posters, and the neon signs calling in customers from the street. After a few months of playing back our interviews, we began to develop a deeper connection to the subject. As we became more comfortable talking to people in the pizzerias we visited, they started opening up to us a bit more. Their stories became the highlight of each trip.
The portraits and anecdotes we were gathering began to paint a picture of everyday New Yorkers, through the places where they work and eat. These mom-and-pop pizzerias are special precisely because they are so ordinary. In our eyes, they are the backbone of what makes New York so great. There are no gimmicks — just a solid slice and soda for a few dollars. Many of them continue to thrive despite the 99 cent pizza next door and the booming cost of rent. In a city where tastes and trends are constantly shifting, these places endure. The employees work hard, they put out good product, and in return, they have loyal customers. If they were to disappear, the city would lose part of what makes it unique, part of its DNA.
We wanted to make a book for all of these reasons. At this point, we’ve been to over 100 neighborhood pizza shops, taken thousands of photos, and captured hundreds of hours of interviews. We’re ready to share our experience with the world, and showcase the people and places that make New York pizza so unique. We hope you’ll join us.
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Risks and challenges
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