Goodbye Pizza Box

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After all the reports and rumors and even with brown paper up in the windows, I still thought there was a chance for Pizza Box. The typical New York slice shop was part of a dwindling tribe, having been in business since 1957. Box’s owner had assured me on several occasions that they were just renovating and planned to reopen in six weeks with a new layout. I was worried about the pizza changing but he seemed confident that it would just be a cosmetic alteration. About a month ago I heard from another area restauranteur that the pizzeria was not planning to reopen, so hope remained. But this week the sign finally came down and reality set in. Pizza Box is no more.

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This marks another blow to the New York slice, which has been struggling against fluctuating ingredient costs and rising rents. A slice of pizza is a great deal at $2.50, but Pizza Box had two $1 slice joints within a block and bar-lined streets like Bleecker are not usually filled with the most discerning palates at 2am. And so the Pizza Box is gone, making way for a fast-food sandwich chain that’s willing to pay more in rent than Pizza Box was bringing in from pizza sales. I can’t blame them, but I certainly can mourn the loss.

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I adore this simple box with the misspelled street name.

And what about the pizza? It wasn’t the greatest slice I’ve ever had but it was honest. It’s exactly what a New York slice should be. No fancy flour, no wood fired oven, no cheese blends — no nonsense. Just a solid pie, perfect for folding and eating on the go.

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This should be a lesson to us all. Eat good pizza. Support your local pizzeria or it will disappear. Goodbye, Pizza Box. You will be missed.

Pizza-Themed Artwork at Greenwich Village Pizzeria

NYU’s community service group Arts in the Community has joined forces with students from Massapequa High School to bring a special collection of pizza-themed artwork to the walls of a pizzeria in Greenwich Village. The Pizza Box has provided wall space to local artists since it opened in 1957. The collection, which debuted at this year’s Slice Out Hunger event, is composed of works by high school seniors (actually recent grads!) and will run through the end of July.

Check out these great pieces by Massapequa High School’s pizza-crazed artists and grab a slice while you’re there!

Pizza Box
176 Bleecker St (between Sullivan St & MacDougal)
Greenwich Village, NYC