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1905: New York–Neapolitan Hybrid
The classic New York pie, baked in a coal oven. Bigger, crisper, and sturdier than its Neapolitan ancestor, with a lower, denser crust edge.

Photos by Hannah Whitaker

1950s: Slice joint
Built for reheating and portability, with a sturdy but flexible crust and with the cheese and sauce merging into one great orange mass.

1950s: Sicilian
Pan pizza of two schools: the soft and spongy, and the comparatively thin and crunchy.

1980s: Roman
Uniformly thin and crisp with no crust edge to speak of. Typically baked in a wood-fired or electric oven.

1989: Focaccia Robiola
Split-crust, dimpled flatbread layered with creamy robiola cheese and a judicious swirl of truffle oil. Invented by Ciro Verdi, now of midtown’s Da Ciro.

1993: Grandma style (a.k.a. “Old-fashioned”)
Medium-thick pan pizza with Long Island roots, often heavier on the sauce than the cheese.

1993: Grilled
Imported from Rhode Island and popularized at Fresco by Scotto in midtown. Both sides of its superthin, crisp crust are cooked on a grill.

1994: Pizza Bianca
Roman-style flatbread seasoned with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary, baked in six-foot lengths and sold by the slice. Popularized by Sullivan St. Bakery.

1998: Pizza Truck
A Staten Island innovation: square, relatively cheeseless, and thinner and crispier than Sicilian and Grandma style. And, yes, served from the back of a truck.

2004: New-School Neo-Neapolitan
Neapolitan in spirit, but much more freewheeling and unbound by any Verace Pizza Napoletana (a.k.a. the Pizza Police) rules. Noted for its haute-barnyard toppings.

2009: Neoclassical Neapolitan
Soft and chewy, with a tall, puffy crust edge and a delicate micro-layer of surface crispiness. Among many other strict specifications, it must be cooked in a wood-fired oven in under two minutes.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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