Petition calls for ban on new Lower East Side pizzerias

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A group of Lower East Side residents are fed up with pizza.

A petition on Change.org is seeking to convince members of Community Board 3 to institute a ban on new pizzerias in the neighborhood they say has become over-saturated with restaurants specializing in the greasy, classic New York delicacy.

The petition, created by a group that goes by the name “No More L.E.S. Pizzerias!” states its mission thus: “Promote diversity in low to mid-priced food options for New York City’s Lower East Side.”

A longtime Lower East Side resident who is behind the campaign told the East Village blog EV Grieve the group’s preferred food options would be “More small local joints like Mimi & Coco’s Japanese spot.”

Some media coverage previously indicated that the group’s crusade was against dollar-slice pizza joints, prompting them to clarify with an update to the petition: “It is not an anti $1 slice pizza petition. We’re sick of ALL new pizzerias. No more new $1 slice pizzerias. No more new expensive brick oven pizzerias. NO MORE PIZZERIAS!”

As of Sunday, the petition had 38 signatures.



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