We found 'em: Manhattan's $1 slices. There's a reason why they're so cheap.
Used to be, the price of a pizza slice was linked to the cost of a single subway ride. Train trip cost a buck-fifty? So did the slice. But as the prices of subway fares and pizza pies have spiraled upward, the monetary symmetry has been shattered. A cruise on the Q line costs $2.25, while slices have risen to $3, $4 or even $5. Have you no shame, Di Fara?
Yet the recent recession gave rise to a most curious market correction: Instead of dropping pizza prices by a quarter or two, bringing them more in line with a subway ride, pizzerias have opted instead to sling slices for a buck. Is that a bargain? Or a rotten-tasting rip-off? To find out, my photographer, Sam Horine, and I climbed aboard our trusty bikes and cruised from Midtown to Chelsea to the East Village, scarfing dollar slices wherever they were sold. It was the worst idea I’ve had in years.
By Joshua M. Bernstein; photos by Sam Horine
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