If you’re living in New York City, you’re bound to have your favorite go-to pizza joint. Here are five of the most popular and well-renowned pizzerias in the Big Apple.
Originally opening in 2006, Lucali has quickly evolved into one of the most well-respected pizzerias Brooklyn has ever seen. At his joint, you can expect to either arrive early or wait at the takeout line. The owner Mark Iacono makes all the pies himself, putting on quite the show for his guests.
John’s Of Bleecker Street
Regarded as a New York City institution, John’s of Bleecker Street is a must-visit for any pizza aficionado from out of town. Having first opened in 1929, this is believed to be one of the very first pizzerias in the city. Amazingly, the recipes haven’t changed and it appears that the aesthetics of the place haven’t changed that much either.
It might not be the oldest pizzeria in town, but Dominique DeMarco is certainly one of the oldest surviving pizza guys in NYC. He’s in the twilight of his life, but the owner of Di Fara (since 1965) is still running around like a madman, making sure that all his guests are fed. This guy is a celebrity around these parts, so much so that when some people go in to buy a slice, they ask him to sign their T-shirt.
One of the younger pizzerias on this list, Roberta’s makes up for her lack of experience with some hard-hitting pizza. Moreover, it is believed that Roberta’s is one of the main reasons that Bushwick became the NYC neighborhood to move into.
If you call your restaurant Best Pizza, you better live up to your own hype. Fortunately, for Frank Pinello, he might have one of the best pizzerias in the whole of New York City. Having hosted his own show, traveling around America trying the very best pizza places, Pinello is proud to have found one of the very best too. This is one pizzeria that truly feels like a one slice joint. Make sure to try the white slice.
These Vacation Photos Did Not Go As Planned
Going on vacation is one of the best times of the year. Whether it is in celebration a holiday or for summer, it is always good to get away from the daily grind, and head to your favorite destination. Some people like to head to a sandy beach, with clear blue water, and lots of sun. There, they can get a tan and read a lazy summer book while sipping margaritas. Sometimes, people are just unaware of what they are getting themselves into. Lucky for you, these awkward, hilarious moments were captured on film. Take a look at these pictures, and get ready to laugh.
Smile For The Camera
These snorkelers were hoping to see wildlife up close. Judging by the shocked and terrified reactions on their faces, it is doubtful they meant this up close.
Swimming with the stingrays is a popular vacation option for those visiting tropical waters, however, it’s not an activity that most have ever experienced prior to their vacations. It’s clear from this picture that these girls were beyond terrified when this ray snuck up behind them to give them a warm and welcoming hug.
Air travel used to be an opulent experience, with fresh food, couch seating, and friendly cabin crew. Now, with the fact that oil and gas prices have been jacked up, quality has gone down.
There are budget airlines that skimp on food and seating, but can take you to destinations relatively cheaply. This discount airline has taken it too far by offering to seat people in the overhead luggage compartments. Hopefully, she is not claustrophobic, and does not need to watch an in-flight movie.
Hug For The Camera
It seems that this snorkeling adventure was a treasure trove for awkward vacation photos. This woman could not shake this one sting ray who hopped right on her back, leaving her terrified.
This definitely ruins the TV commercial view of what snorkeling in the Carribean is like. The boys in the background are enjoying her shrieking, and hopefully these photos will be a nice memento for them. With the passage of time, this girl may also eventually look at this picture and laugh at her misfortune.
These two are animal science graduate students who met on the first day during orientation. Their first date was to the zoo, to see the armadillos being fed. When he decided to propose, he did it overseas on their vacation, at one of the largest zoos in the world.
This moment was captured on camera by a co-conspirator, and seems lovely at first look. This kind of photo is so key in the history of the relationship. However, someone decided to photobomb the moment.
These two have been trying to take a nice picture of them relaxing at the pool at their Miami hotel. They want to show everyone what a relaxing time they are having.
They made the mistake of coming at a time when a lot of college kids also started vacation, as they were rowdy by the pool. One of them kept photobombing their attempts to snap a cute picture of them cooling off. This flying man annoyed them, but admittedly, his timing is impeccable.
Kicking Tower Of Pisa
When visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, there is only one photo to take: you using perspective to make it look like you are holding it up. This is evident from social media posts.
However, these former cheerleaders decided to go above and beyond and use a different approach. Instead of an arm, they would use a leg, and instead of holding it up, they would kick it down. Their old training still stuck with them, and they pulled it off brilliantly.
Do Not Touch The Wildlife
When this woman came to the “nature adventure” tour that her husband signed her up for, she expected to go on a short hike, and perhaps see a nice view from a beautiful vista.
However, she was misled, and found out that it involved a lot more contact with animals than she was used to. Every single animal that she was forced to hold by the tour guide had her erupting in blood curdling screams. Next time, she chose to vacation in a city, rather than out in nature.
The Leader Of Love
These two just got married and decided they wanted to head to Jamaica for their honeymoon. With the help of a guide, they took a couple beautiful brown horses out to the beach and went up and down the coast.
Trying to get as many pictures as possible (after all, this was costing them a fortune- might as well remember it), they took some in the water. The upper half is romantic and cute, but the guide doesn’t like the angle.
Just Got Back From Paris
This teen grew up in a rich area, but she and her family never had that much money themselves. She was always jealous of the fancy European vacations her friends go to take, and was especially jealous when the pictures from overseas got many likes on social media.
She decided to try and craft a picture on the computer of her in Paris. She came up with this picture of her at the Eiffel Tower. It seems unlikely that this trickery worked.
Kiss The Stone
One of the principal places visited in Ireland is the Blarney Castle. The reason people flock to this specific castle out of all those in Ireland is because the legendary Blarney Stone is located there. The story goes that if you kiss the stone, you get the gift of gab.
To actually kiss the stone, they have to contort their body to bend over backward. It hardly seems worth it, as you gain the gift of gab, but also gain an infection from the other smooching tourists.
This family is the kind that New Yorkers immediately identify as people who are not only from out of town, but also in the city for the first time. The corny Lady Liberty crowns and the cameras give it away.
The only shock is that these folks are not wearing “I Love NY” shirts that they bought in Chinatown for 27 times the actual value. True New Yorkers have never even been to the major landmarks, save for when family from overseas comes to town.
Does It Look Like I’m Holding It Up?
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is famously not vertical. It is that way because the foundation upon which it was built was too soft, and so the tower simply began to sink.
The tower houses a bell. To be able to keep it from falling, people tried to do what they could to stop the sinking. Everyone comes here to take that picture of them holding up the leaning tower. It is honestly a bit sad to be so unoriginal.
Tourism Capital Of The World
South Dakota is not the first place you would want to take a vacation, unless you are this family. They do not consider South Dakota a barren wasteland, as they are from an even more barren wasteland: North Dakota.
They took the drive down and could not believe how amazing it was. There was a sign welcoming them, road markers, grassy plains, and even a billboard in the distance! They wanted to take a picture to throw it in the face of those not lucky enough to vacation here.
Ambitionz As A Rydah
You would never expect it, but this woman is one of the biggest 2Pac fans out there. She gives tours to vacationers in California who want to see where he used to live and do his recordings.
She grew up as an orphan, and found the hardcore lyrics of the rapper to give her some solace. Eventually, she got the tattoo on her arm to express gratitude to him, not only for giving her the strength to survive childhood, but also for her job as a 2Pac tour guide.
Wave That Flag
This family went on a vacation during the Cold War era. The father of the family was a prominent businessman who had been accused of being anti-American and pro-Communist.
He was facing much media scrutiny, and did not want to have the scarlet letter that was being thrust upon him. What he did was make these star-spangled banner bucket hats for himself and his children so they could tout their all-American spirit proudly as they got some rest and relaxation.
No Thanks, I Got This
This woman had her sights set on visiting Mesoamerica ever since she took a class on the Maya and Inca back in her college days. She fantasized about it, and years later, she and her husband could finally afford to go.
On the night before, he got a strange pain that he had to be hospitalized for. She decided she was not going to wait for him, as she needed to pursue her dream. Frankly, he was relieved to stay behind as she always wears embarrassing glasses while traveling.
Fear Of Flipper
When this little girl’s parents saw how excited she was about animals in the picture books, tv shows, and cartoons, they decided to take her to the zoo. She was always very keen on the dolphins, as the books always talked about they are majestic and smart.
Her parents decided to take a picture with Danielle the dolphin. However, it seems that real life dolphins are not the same as cartoon dolphins. Just looking at her terrified face, she will probably want a new bedtime story read to her.
The Multitasking Man
This guy did not want to get out of shape while he was on vacation in England. He does mud runs and did not want to lose any workouts, so he decided to do lunges while out taking pictures.
Hopefully, he is taking a photo of something more momentous than a pile of garbage from the nearby McDonalds. Otherwise, it might be worth it to just head to a hotel gym and focus on working out, instead of this multitasking.
A Magical Vacation Of Sadness
This family fell for the Disneyland marketing that told them it was the happiest place on earth. After fighting on the road trip there and not getting adequate nourishment, they already started off with a sour mood.
It was not helped by the fact that the sun was blazing, and the lines were long. This picture, which was forced upon them by the dad who was eager to turn the mood around, shows loud and clear how they are feeling.
You’re On Candid Camera
Taking pictures on vacation is great to remember what happened. After all, a picture is worth 1000 words. It is especially good if you fancy yourself a semi-professional photographer, like this guy does.
He did once have some of his snapshots published in the local paper. He overzealously took this shot, not realizing that he himself was photographed for the hanging belly he revealed. We understand it is part of the technique, but wearing proper clothes for photography is also part of the job.
This dad likes to take his kids on a portage, and then get into the water and navigate some rapids. They also do some fishing on their vacation. However, he takes safety very seriously, and any infractions are punished.
The littlest boy was only on a boating trip for the second time and forgot to tighten his helmet properly. For his own good, dad gave the boy a humiliating lesson that he would never forget by dangling him from a pole with his life jacket.
The Real Tour Of America
These folks wanted to have a vacation like no other. They wanted to be different. What they did was look at all their friends’ vacations and saw that they all used vehicles of some sort, whether they were cars, buses, trains, or planes.
To be different, they decided to walk from city to city as their vacation, almost like the way Forrest Gump ran from coast to coast. The thrill of walking on the side of the highway was interesting, but definitely not a relaxing vacation.
Hey Is For Horses
This kid felt like he was a hunter and could go on safari in Africa and be the king of the lions. His family saw his extreme interest in animals and decided to take him to a drive-thru zoo, which had nothing really threatening.
Once this boy looked away to make a comment to his sister and parents how he could easily have dominion over these puny animals, this cheeky horse stuck his long face in the window. The boy’s terrified scream made him reconsider his Tarzan mindset.
Distance Grows The Heart Fonder
This picture of a family vacation to Vancouver, Canada is awkward for many reasons. First of all, mom and dad are standing so far away from each other, she might as well be in Seattle.
When you look at the kids, its almost like there is a rule that you cannot touch mom. They should probably change that as dad clearly cannot handle two at once. Indeed, one is about to jump into the bay if he is not careful.
Smile For The Camera And The EMTs
This family wanted to take a vacation, but they did not want to spend too much money. What they did was book a cheap hotel in the outskirts of Miami, and traveled to the nice beaches by bus.
This picture was taken right before breakfast, in the rougher neighborhood. Someone had just been injured in a street scuffle, and the emergency medical technicians were heading to collect the victim. Mom tried to pretend it was all okay, and snapped this awkward photo.
Chillin’ With The Family
This weird family came from Utah to visit Alaska. They are the kind of family who rejects the idea of a sandy, tropical beach, or an all-inclusive cruise as a vacation. Rather, they want to learn something about the extreme environments of Earth.
Somehow, they enjoyed holding these murder weapons for a picture while the creepiest polar bear we have ever seen stood behind them. There is no chance these kids will grow up to be mainstream, normal vacationers.
Jump Up And Get Down
One of the amazing things about photography is that it takes a moment in time, freezes it, and captures it forever. Cameras are amazing as they capture the light from this moment that never has existed, and never will again.
You can also do special tricks, like snapping a photo just when you are in the air, to give the appearance of flying. The older daughter suggested to her family that they do just that. Mom and dad had no problems, but the youngest daughter couldn’t hang.
Taking the perfect Christmas photo for greeting cards and emails is rough. The kids are never smiling in just the right way, or even worse, they have their eyes shut.
These kids were sick of wearing itchy onesies, and mom had to bribe and beg them just to get them still and not scratching themselves for a moment. Just when she thought she got the perfect photo, she did not realize her husband had jumped in quietly to photobomb her project.
It’s A Bull Market Out There
In the 1995 movie Tommy Boy, there is a line that is something to the effect of: “you can get a good look at a T-bone steak by sticking your head up a bull’s bottom, but I’d rather take the butcher’s word for it.”
This tourist visiting China did not trust the butcher, it seems. He put his head so far into the statue you would expect that he would come out with some hot stock tips that nobody could predict.
The little girls of this family saw a movie that made them fall in love with Mexico.
They wanted to badly to spend their summer vacation there, but unfortunately, it was outside their budget. Instead, mom took them to a Mexican theme restaurant, where they gave the girls oversized, colorful sombreros. Although the food was pretty good, it was still not the real thing. The girls showed their disappointment in this picture. Next year, they hoped to actually fly to Mexico.
Watcha Got There?
This girl thought that going on safari would be amazing, and would lead to some amazing pictures for social media. However, she never grew up with animals- not even a puppy. When it came to actually taking some food and feeding the animals, she got scared.
She was especially terrified of the exotic animals, which she had never seen before. This ostrich looking for a snack and her terrified reaction is truly an awkward photo. Next time, she should take a beach vacation away from any animals.
These two were meant for each other. She had been walking around without a head since birth, which has always been hard because, in her blind state, she would bump into walls and could not drive.
He had the opposite issue, where he loved reading, but had trouble holding up a book with just the muscles in his head. When they met on a dating site, they, quite literally, completed each other. Here, you see them on vacation at the Jersey shore.
This family was going through a rough patch, and badly needed a vacation. Both parents were burnt out at their jobs, and the kids were getting into fights at school. Finally, they decided to go to Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island for some relaxing times.
When they first arrived, things were off to a great start. They could feel the stress leaving them. As they posed for this aquatic family photo, the wife said to the husband, “I think things are taking a turn for the better.”
Please Stay Behind The Bannister
These beautiful dragons are blue and red, symbolizing the good and evil in the world, which is symbolized by the red orb in the middle of this sculpture. It was so beautiful that these folks wanted to get a picture next to it.
However, the clumsiest of them lost his balance as he sat on the banister, and fell backward. Not only did he get wet from falling into the water, the koi immediately swarmed him, thinking he was a big snack for them.
The Most Magical Place In The Underworld
When you work at Disney World, there are certain rules you have to follow. One of them is that you are not allowed to break character- no matter what. This is what this employee (or “cast member,” as they call it) was trying to do here.
Although this boy was crying, he did nothing to help, as Mickey did not have human child care as part of his character. He stuck to what he knew, and hoped that his charm would eventually cheer the kid up.
A Denim Dynasty
This family is in the denim business. Suprised? They are all wearing Canadian tuxedos from head to toe. They are from a cold state that allows them to wear these sorts of outfits and be okay, but they did not realize that California in the summer would be so blazing hot.
Here they are taking a break from the sun by laying down on top of each other. This family stuck out like a sore thumb amongst the image-obsessed, fashion-forward residents of Los Angeles.