Santo and the guy in all the photos with celebrities had been at SE corner of Broadway & 78Th for 30 or 35 years, depending on who you asked. This past Friday, they abruptly closed and loaded the contents of their prototypical NY pizza joint onto a rented truck. In little more than a decade I ate 1439 slices of their pizza.

Santo on right, guy in all the photos on left.

The rest of the block…

Rumor is, a 22-story apartment building will be erected on this site, connected to the building that went up over the comedy club on 78th. What stores will replace the shuttered businesses on this block? No doubt at least one bank, three mobile phone stores, a Seattle-based coffee purveyor, a nail salon, a Duane Reade or two…

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