Jeremiah Moss Eulogizes Ray’s Pizza


A day in the life of Jeremiah Moss, the writer behind the blog Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, is outlined in the Paris Review Daily. In the profile, Moss pays a visit to the original Ray’s Pizza on the last day it’s open and laments the decline of the ever-gentrifying neighborhood. (A new pizza place has already opened in its place.) “Little Italy is shrinking like a sandbar at high tide,” he writes. “Just outside, people obediently go for cupcakes, exiting with heads bowed, eyes glued to iPhones, thumbing reviews to Yelp.”

It’s a great read of yet another vanishing neighborhood through the eyes of someone who has tracked it all. Another choice line: “Back outside, saggy-pants boys on the corner cheer for a trio of pirates, who go sailing past on bicycles tricked out in cardboard schooners. Halloween? Or just hipsters?”

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 12, 2012

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