South Brooklyn Pizza Said to Be Making Manhattan Transfer Next Week

Photo: Stephanie Land

Fornino isn’t the only pizza parlor exploring a new neighborhood: We’re told an outpost of PJ Hanley’s sibling South Brooklyn Pizza (owned by Jim McGown, the pizzaiolo convert also known for his nutso condo parties) may open next Thursday at 122 First Avenue, right next to Ruben’s Empanadas. The two-star pizzeria has had to cross some hurdles — last year, construction was halted owing to a stop-work order, and last month, the CB refused to endorse a liquor-license application on the grounds that McGown was seeking to stay open till 4 a.m., host parties (with “fire massages,” one has to wonder?), and use the back garden of what used to be a Ukrainian shipping shop. It doesn’t look like South Brooklyn Pizza will open with the liquor license or outdoor seating it had been hoping for, but we’ll let you know if that changes. In the meantime, Veloce Pizzeria may want to brace for competition.