Tony, Uncle Louie and Frankie Pancakes appearing on Good Day NY on Friday, March 2, 2012 talking about “SLICE OF BROOKLYN” on Travel Channel!
MYFOXNY.COM - Tony Muia talks about his special on the Travel Channel: “A Slice of Brooklyn,” which airs March 7 at 10 p.m.
“Slice of Brooklyn” is an authentic, fun and informative glimpse into the lives of native Brooklynites Tony Muia, his cousin Paula, and his friends from the old neighborhood, that he appropriately calls his “consiglieri.”
What makes this oddball family so special is that they run a small but very successful tour bus company, highlighting the best pizza spots in Brooklyn.
The tour is always booked to capacity and gets the highest rating on most websites.
The gang from A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours (Tony Muia, Cousin Paula, Uncle Louie, Fat Sal and Frankie Pancakes) was featured in an awesome, full page spread in yesterday’s New York Daily News! Titled “A Slice of Brooklyn Tour Bus Company Shows Off Borough and its Pizzas on Travel Channel”, it talks about our company and our upcoming as well as our one hour special on the Travel Channel called “Slice of Brookyln” airing Wednesday, March 7th at 10pm.
Here’s the new promo clip for our one hour special airing on Wednesday, March 7th at 10pm on Travel Channel!
Travel Channel will premiere back-to-back pilots of “Slice of Brooklyn” as a special one-hour presentation on Wednesday, March 7 at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., ET/PT.
“Slice of Brooklyn” is an authentic, fun and informative glimpse into the lives of native Brooklynites Tony Muia, his cousin Paula, and his friends from the old neighborhood, that he appropriately calls his “consiglieri”: Uncle Louie, Fat Sal and Frankie Pancakes.
What makes this oddball family so special is that they run a small but very successful tour bus company, highlighting the best pizza spots in Brooklyn, NY. Their pizza tour is always booked to capacity and has even been voted the number one tour of Brooklyn on Tripadvisor. But there are bigger fish swarming through the East River from Manhattan, and they’re trying to gobble up his clients.
Will Tony be able to keep his business afloat with multi-million dollar tour companies looking to take over his turf? One thing for sure is that Tony is not going down without a fight.
Captain America: The First Avenger, based on the MARVEL Comics superhero, opened in theaters across America on Friday. According to Paramount Pictures, it opened at #1 and grossed $68 million knocking Harry Potter from the top spot. And best of all, Captain America’s from Brooklyn!
After being deemed unfit for military service, Brooklynite Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.
Watch the official movie trailer to hear Captain America declare that he’s “just a kid from Brooklyn.”
On this day in Brooklyn history: Brooklyn Man’s Invention Saves the Day
On July 15, 1933, Wiley Post took off from Floyd Bennett Field (Municipal Airport Number One), Flatbush Avenue and Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn. It was the first solo round-the-world flight, 15,957 miles.
On July 22 he landed at Floyd Bennett Field to be welcomed by an estimated 50,000 people. The flight took 7 days, 18:45:5, in the Lockheed Vega with a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine. Post named the craft Winnie Mae.
“There were hours when I was forced to fly absolutely blind or above the clouds. It was called a solo flight, but I never could have made the record without the efficient little co-pilot — the Sperry Pilot for automatic flying. Without it the strain of flying through the worst weather I ever saw would have been too great.”— Wiley Post.
The Sperry Pilot was invented by Brooklynite Elmer Sperry whose inventions did much to revolutionize the world of flight.
Sperry was a pioneer in the manufacture of electrical mining machinery, electrical streetcars and electric motors. One of his most important inventions was electric arc lights.
Sperry was born in Cortland, NY, on October 21, 1860, but lived in Brooklyn most of his life. He attended Erasmus Hall High School.
His Sperry streetcar was exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Sperry was a self-made inventor, a hard-nosed engineer, a selfless scientist and one of our country’s greatest entrepreneurs
Of Scottish and Irish ancestry, Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was born on this day, July 14, in 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma.
Yet, he had a very close connection with Brooklyn and Coney Island.
During World War II, Guthrie entered the Merchant Marines. He was twice torpedoed, but still managed to continue collecting folk songs when his vessel visited Britain and Russia. He also kept up his singing and writing. Just before the end of hostilities, he was drafted into the army.
In 1945, at the end of the war, Guthrie came back to New York where he married for a second time. He married Marjorie Maria Greenblatt, a dancer and teacher with the Martha Graham Company in Brooklyn in 1945. They had three children and lived in the Sea Gate and Coney Island sections of Brooklyn.
It was during this time that his son, Arlo, was born in Brooklyn.
During these years, Woody was exposed to Coney Island’s Jewish community through his mother-in-law, Aliza Greenblatt, a Yiddish poet. Inspired by this new relationship, he wrote a remarkable series of songs reflecting Jewish culture, such as “Hanuka Dance” (featured in today’s clip), “The Many and The Few” and “Mermaid Avenue.”
Didi Conn was born Edith Bernstein in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn on this day in 1951.
After attending Hudde Junior High School in Flatbush, she graduated from Midwood High. Her acting career blossomed while she was a student at Brooklyn College.
Didi starred in You Light Up My Life (1977), but she is best known for her role as “Frenchie” in Grease (’78), and Grease II (’82).
Television called out to Didi both in series and in TV movies. During the summer 1975 season she was on a comedy/variety series “Keep on Truckin,’” which utilized the talents of 13 other bright young comics.
During TV’s 1976-’77 season Didi was in a situation comedy series starring another Brooklynite, famed comedian Danny Kaye, who played Dr. Jules Bedford in “The Practice.” Didi’s role as Helen, his outer office receptionist, is described as “a young slightly daft young lady.” From 1981 to 1985 Didi played the role of Denise Stevens Downey in the situation comedy series “Benson.”
In 1998 Didi Conn was chosen as one of the new honorees for the Brooklyn Celebrity Path at Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the Welcome Back to Brooklyn festivities.
In today’s video, Didi goes back to her old Brooklyn stomping grounds on the NYC based show Cool In Your Code.
Born on this day in Brooklyn in 1950, Paul Charles Caravello who would later become known as Eric Carr, the drummer for the rock group KISS.
He was selected as the new Kiss drummer after original drummer Peter Criss, also born in Brooklyn, left the band in 1980.
For his Kiss persona, Carr initially tried “The Hawk”; this concept was apparently very difficult to realize - a suitable make-up design was never created.
With the band on deadline (only two weeks before Carr’s stage debut), Carr came up with the make-up design for the persona of “The Fox”. KISS bassist Gene Simmons liked it and thus the character was born. The original design was modified within days of Carr’s initial photo sessions and for a single concert—his first as a member of Kiss.
Carr was introduced to the public on an episode of “Kids Are People Too!” filmed in late July, 1980 and aired in September 1980, and his first public performance was with the band in New York City’s “The Palladium” venue on July 25, 1980.
His persona remained consistent for three years until the band’s well-publicized removal of their stage makeup in September 1983, live on MTV network. he recorded nine studio albums as the drummer for KISS.
Sadly, he passed away on November 24, 1991 at 41 years old - the same day Freddie Mercury passed away - of cancer of the heart.
Carr is interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery in the Town of Newburgh, New York.
In today’s blog post we’re featuring the book Brooklyn Story by Suzanne Corso.
It’s a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl growing up in 1970s Bensonhurst, Brooklyn who falls in love with a handsome aspiring mobster. Having lived through that time and era, we can honestly say that t’s an accurate account of what life was like back then.
In the summer of 1978, Samantha Bonti is fifteen years old and navigating a dangerous relationship with an older boyfriend who’s devastatingly good looking—and an aspiring mobster. Half-Jewish, half-Italian, and hesitantly edging toward pure Brooklyn, Samantha lives in Bensonhurst with her mother Joan, a cynic shackled with addictions, and with Grandma Ruth, Samantha’s loudest and most opinionated source of encouragement. As flawed as they are, they are family. But when a girl wants something more, when tradition is a terrifying roadblock to the independent woman she wants to become, it’s time to break free and find one’s own way. Told from the adult perspective, this is a powerful story of leaving the past to history and the future to fate—as Samantha makes a move to restore hope where there was none, and reach for her dream of a new life as a writer in an inspiring promise of paradise called Manhattan.
“CORSO GETS THE BROOKLYN DIALECT PITCH-PERFECT AND KEEPS THE PACE BRISK….THE UNIVERSAL STORY OF LONGING, LOYALTY, AND GROWING UP RINGS TRUE.”
“CHOSEN AS ONE OF THEIR “NEW VOICES” 2011.”
“AS FAMILIAR AS THE STORY IS, THIS NOVEL ESCAPES THE FORMULA WITH A TRUE FEMALE VOICE.”
“CORSO PUTS HER STRAIGHT – TALKING PERSONALITY INTO HER WELL WRITTEN DEBUT NOVEL.”
—NY Daily News
“A WONDERFUL STORY FROM AN EXCITING NEW AUTHOR. YOU’RE HOOKED FROM THE FIRST SENTENCE.”
—Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning actress
“A TRAGIC YET TRIUMPHAL STORY. IT IS A MUST READ.”
—Lorraine Bracco, Academy Award-nominated actress
“HEARTBREAKING AND SENSITIVELY WRITTEN. A VERY UNUSUAL COMING OF AGE STORY.”
Stickball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Tonight, Friday, July 8th at 6pm
Born in the neighborhoods of New York City nearly 100 years ago, stickball transformed the city’s streets into ball fields, manhole covers into bases, and the stoops into bleacher seats. Reagrdless of where you played it, you always used a broomstick and a classic pink “Spaldeen”.
Tonight, at The Museum of the City of New York, come and meet legendary players and view video clips of their exploits at the Stickball Hall of Fame annual induction ceremony. Since 1977 the Stickball Hall of Fame has worked to preserve and continue the game and recognize distinguished players and community activists.
In today’s video clip, we feature a detailed explanation of how the game was played from the cast of the award-winning documentary “The Bronx Boys — Hosted by Carl Reiner.”
As featured on the Today Show, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, the Rachael Ray Show, Martha Stewart Living
and in the pages of Travel & Leisure, the London Times, the New York Times, Frommers and the Lonely Planet Guide!
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