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An Interview with Bands Playing Our CMJ Showcase Friday (10/16)

The Winstons

I was not sure whether to be excited or afraid about meeting the bands playing our upcoming showcase at Bar Matchless.

At the last Greenpointers showcase, I got pressed up against a sweaty man in polyester shorty-shorts, and calf-length socks, who was sporting an alto saxophone. It was in a narrow hallway.

His band had just finished playing a set where the lead singer repeatedly expressed his love for weed and Taylor Swift.

My interview with the bands below might operate as an advance warning of what to expect Friday night, or enticement to attend. Ideally, it is both. Continue reading

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The trauma of 19 espressos on the Greenpointers Espresso Tour didn’t stop us from touring the neighborhood for the best slice of pizza. As a pizzeria, your regular slice is your best and only business card. Get that right, then add your fancy toppings. We identified 12 pizzerias in the 11222 area code that served pizza by the slice. Two were closed on Sunday (Baldo’s & L.A. Convenience), which were automatic disqualifications.

The three judges were Brooks, AKA the Pizza Commander (left), Greenpointers’ writer Peter (right), and myself. We ordered one slice cut into three pieces and used a scoresheet adapted from American Pizza Championship, which accounted for appearance and taste. Each slice had the potential of scoring 225 points after we added our individual totals.



*** 1st PLACE: VALDIANO ***

Top Score: 166.5

2nd Place: Franklin Pizza (161.5)

3rd Place: Triangolo: (157.5) 

Other Awards:

Best Music: Valdiano

Best Service: Vinnie’s

Best Bribe: Grandma Rose’s (giant plate of zeppoles)

Best Place to Watch Soccer: Italy Pizza

Best Pizza Cat and Pizza Window: Carmine’s Original

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