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Mar152011

« who's eating pizza? #1 (nyc: village) »

I had high aspirations: one night, 100 pizzerias, 100 photos of people eating pizza.  I'd saunter in, they'd all beg to participate, quick quick quick, next place.  I texted my cousin Jason.

Me: "Thinking about doing a mega Pizzathon in Manhattan for my blog. Wanna join for a little?"

Jason: "I am actually doing some work at home and can join you but I am still confused by plan!"

I him we'd stop at as many pizzerias as we could,   solicit one volunteer (or table of volunteers) per place (no sit-down restaurants), snap a photo, jot down names and remarks, and go to the next joint.

After one stop I could tell he found it boring.   Sport that he was, he stuck with it for over two hours (thank you, Jason — I owe you several more slices!).

After a couple of stops, I knew I could not do 100 pizzerias (or even 25).   But over the course of three hours I did meet people in 15 different places — all below 14th Street, and all but three above Houston Street.

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They spoke about pizza with varying enthusiasm. Some were thoughtful about pizza's flavors and textures, others weren't interested in that stuff — pizza was just a cheap meal. Some acted blasé about the topic, others suspicious of my project, some were inebriated and didn't make sense, others — also inebriated —were comparing attributes of the various Romance languages.

So without further ado, roll over the above photo, click on the right-pointing arrow, and meet the unwitting participants of Who's Eating Pizza? #1 — people who just happened to be downtown snackin' on a chilly Tuesday night in March.

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Wanna retrace my steps? Here's a map of the pizzerias I visited during Who's Eating Pizza? #1.

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