TIME Food & Drink

This Is the Best Pizza City in America

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Sorry, New Yorkers

New York City pizza lovers, it’s time to defend your honor as pizza capital of the U.S.

TripAdvisor released a list of the top 10 pizza cities in the U.S. this week, based on the quality and quantity of users’ reviews. The No. 1 city: Chicago.

“Travelers come from all corners of the country to sink their teeth into Chicago’s deep dish, the big cheese of pizza destinations according to reviewers on TripAdvisor,” Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

The ranking comes as a blow to New Yorkers, who have long defended their pizza as superior to Chicago’s deep dish. New York City did, however, come in the second spot, followed by New Haven, Conn., Orlando, Fla., and San Francisco.

The method behind TripAdvisor’s pizza madness was based on three factors: the quality of pizza restaurant reviews, the number of restaurants and reviews and the ratio of pizza restaurants and reviews compared to all restaurants in the city. In other words, a city with a higher proportion of good pizza restaurants might edge of a city with fewer pizza restaurants selling higher-quality pizza.

TripAdvisor’s ranking of the best pizza restaurants in the U.S. will soothe the bruised egos of New York pizza lovers, with Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Juliana’s Pizza topping the list. To quantitatively calculate the best of the best in pizza joints, TripAdvisor focused on restaurants with at least 500 reviews, at least 10 percent of which had to mention “best pizza.”

Here’s TripAdvisor’s full list of the 10 best pizza restaurant in the U.S.:

1. Juliana’s Pizza, New York City

2. Pizza Time of St. Augustine, Saint Augustine, Fla.

3. Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria, Anchorage, Alaska

4. Keste, New York City

5. Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

6. Pizzeria Regina, Boston

7. Antico Pizza Napoletana, Atlanta, Ga.

8. Bill’s Pizza, Palm Springs, Calif.

9. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, New Haven, Conn.

10. John’s Pizzeria Bleeker St., New York City

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TIME New York

Thousands Protest U.S.-Iran Deal in Times Square

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Frank Franklin II— AP Supporters line Seventh Avenue during the Stop Iran protest in New York City on July 22, 2015

"That is not the way democracy should operate"

(NEW YORK) — Thousands of protesters packed into Times Square Wednesday evening to demand that Congress vote down the proposed U.S. deal with Iran.

As the crowd loomed behind police barricades, chants of “Kill the deal!” could be heard for blocks. The event, billed as the “Stop Iran Rally” consisted mainly of pro-Israel supporters, though organizers said it represents Americans of all faiths and political convictions.

The group is asking Congress to reject the deal under which the U.S. would agree to lift economic sanctions against Iran in return for measures to prevent the country from building nuclear weapons.

President Barack Obama has said the U.S. considers Iran an adversary whose activities will be closely monitored.

At the rally, Alan Dershowitz, a prominent Jewish attorney, said he was “opposing the deal as a liberal Democrat.” He said he believed democracy was “ignored” because the Obama administration negotiated the deal without congressional input.

“That is not the way democracy should operate,” he told the crowd.

In a statement Wednesday, Rep. Peter King, a former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said he attended a classified briefing with Secretary of State John Kerry and “is still convinced that this is a bad deal for America.”

“It was entirely wrong and arrogant for the Obama administration to submit the deal to the U.N. before Congress voted on it,” he said. “It is definitely my intention to vote no on this deal with Iran.”

Desiree Soper of Long Island said she was drawn to the protest because she wanted to voice her opposition.

“I don’t trust Iran,” she said. “They’ll find loopholes.”

Demonstrators also took note that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer did not attend the protest, prompting chants of “Where is Chuck?” from the crowd.

Schumer was in Washington Wednesday evening. He said in a statement that he has read the agreement and is waiting to speak with experts from both sides before deciding how to vote on the proposal.

Organizers estimated about 10,000 people attended the event.


Uber Wins Round 1 In Fight With NYC Mayor

The Hamptons Lure Uber Top Drivers Amid NYC Slow Summer Weekends
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Th Uber Technologies Inc. car service application (app) is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. For San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. which recently raised $1.2 billion of investors' financing at $17 billion valuation, New York is its biggest by revenue among the 150 cities in which it operates across 42 countries. The Hamptons are a pop-up market for high-end season weekends where the average trip is three time that of an average trip in New York City. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images

After days of a political battle, de Blasio's administration has temporarily relented on plans to cap the number of Ubers on NYC streets.

After an aggressive fistfight over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed cap on the number of cars ride-hailing companies can add annually, Uber and the city government have reached a sort of compromise.

On Wednesday, the city agreed to temporarily drop its plan to cap the number of cars and will instead conduct a four-month study on the effect of services like Uber on city traffic and environment, according to the New York Times, citing multiple sources close to the situation.

Capping the number of cars could still be a possibility down the line, however, depending on the study’s findings.

The City Council was originally scheduled to vote on the bill, which would have capped companies like Uber and Lyft to growing its fleet by no more than 1% annually, on Thursday. Currently, about 20,000 of the city’s 60,000 for-hire vehicles are Ubers, according to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Over the past several days, Uber has waged a bitter battle, including staging a protest, putting out television ads, releasing data on hourly Uber rides in the city, and even adding a demonstrative new option in its mobile app to illustrate the delays de Blasio’s proposal would cause for riders according to the company. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo gave his support for Uber in a radio interview.

De Blasio has been accused of siding with the taxi industry because of the large donations its leaders have made to his campaign.


Uber’s Latest Supporters in its Fight Against New York: Celebrities

An Uber driver navigates the streets of Brooklyn?s Crown Heights neighborhood.

Some actors are publicly coming out in favor of the ride-hailing company

Uber is at war with the city of New York and its mayor, Bill de Blasio. A tough fight, you might think, but the ride-hailing company has one thing on its side: support from celebrities.

At the center of the debacle is de Blasio’s proposal that the city cap the number of new cars ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft can add to their networks every year. Uber, naturally, is not pleased, as the proposal would put a major wrench in its aggressive expansion plans.

So far, Uber has taken a multi-pronged approach to protesting de Blasio’s plan: It has added a “de Blasio” option in its app for New York City riders with information about the potential consequences of limiting driver supply. It has also protested in front of city hall, put out television ads arguing against the proposal, and on Wednesday even released data on hourly rides taken in the city.

And now it’s getting support from celebrities:

Note that Ashton Kutcher is an investor in Uber

Also, note that Neil Patrick Harris is a customer of UberSky, a promotion Uber offered for last year’s Valentines Day that let customers order custom skywriting for only $500.

(We will update this story if more celebrities jump on the Uber support wagon.)

TIME New York City

President Obama Takes His Daughters on a New York City Adventure

The President wanted some bonding time with his girls

(NEW YORK) — It’s inevitable: At some point, teenage kids just aren’t that into their parents anymore.

President Barack Obama, parent to two teenage daughters, set out to combat that trend by hanging out with his girls in New York for the weekend.

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Frank Franklin II—APPresident Barack Obama walks with his daughter Sasha, second from left, and two of her friends to Marine One upon arriving on Air Force One at JFK International Airport in New York on July 17, 2015.

The trio, plus some of the girls’ friends, seemed intent on packing a lot into their 24 hours together in the city.

But no one was out of the hotel door too early on a rainy Saturday morning after zigzagging around Manhattan in dad’s motorcade into the wee hours on Friday night.

They finally emerged about 11:30 a.m., as the sun broke though, for a quickie stroll through Central Park, joined by the president’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng and her husband, Konrad Ng. Next it was lunch in Gramercy Park at Upland, featuring California-inspired cuisine.

Then they were off to a matinee of “Hamilton,” the hit hip-hop Broadway musical about the Founding Fathers.

The Obamas had lingered past 11 p.m. over dinner at an Italian place in Greenwich Village on Friday and took an after-hours tour of the Whitney Museum that lasted until midnight.

A New York weekend was Obama’s idea. He often laments that his girls are less interested in spending time with him now that they are older. But the concept gets a little complicated, of course, when dad is the president.

Obama’s every move requires massive security precautions that tie the bustling streets of New York in knots, and he can attract throngs of onlookers in an instant.

The 20-minute walk in Central Park prompted pedicabs, bikers, skaters, horse-drawn carriages and walkers to stop cold as people whipped out cellphone cameras to capture the moment.

Hearty cheers went up from the street corner late Friday as the Obamas left Carbone, where a crowd had massed when word spread that Obama was eating there.

This is not the ideal environment for father-daughter bonding.

But after more than 6 1/2 years in the White House fishbowl, Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14, have adjusted to all the attention and they know how to carry on.

Sasha and two girlfriends hopped aboard Air Force One for the trip to New York without even a hint that they had noticed the photographers and TV cameras pointed in their direction Friday.

Malia was there to meet them in New York. She has been interning on the set of HBO’s “Girls” this summer.

First lady Michelle Obama, who sat this trip out, already had her own bonding time with the girls when she took them along on an official trip to England and Italy last month. She’s already seen “Hamilton,” anyway.

Both Obamas have been growing increasingly sentimental as they watch the little girls who entered the White House in 2009 grow into young women.

“They’re hitting the age where they still love me, but they think I’m completely boring. And so they’ll come in, pat me on the head, talk to me for 10 minutes, and then they’re gone all weekend,” the president told an interview last month. “They break my heart.”

Beyond New York’s innate appeal, Obama’s visit to the city also may have given the president a chance to give more thought to where the family will land when they leave the White House in January 2017. New York is among the cities that get the most speculation.

Malia is entering her senior year in high school and has been making the rounds of prospective colleges. She has visited a number of New York schools as she tries to figure out where to study after she graduates. New York University, Barnard College and her father’s alma mater, Columbia University, have all been in the mix.

Obama was scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday night. He’ll be back in New York for a few hours on Tuesday for one last appearance with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” and a Democratic fundraiser.

TIME Food & Drink

This Is Every City’s Favorite Food, as Told by Instagram Hashtags

New York loves sushi more than any city in Japan, but London is the burger capital of the world

Other than selfies and cute cat photos, photo-sharing app Instagram is known for pictures of one other thing: food.

But photoworld.com decided to dig a little deeper and find out which cities like what kind of food, through an interactive project called “The Food Capitals of Instagram.” The project features a series of maps, taking 18 popular dishes from various countries to see — through hashtag numbers — which city shows them the most love.

New York City loves bacon the most, contributing nearly 8% of all bacon photos on the social network.


It also loves the quintessential Caribbean dish jerk chicken more than the Jamaican capital city of Kingston, and (along with three other cities) loves sushi more than anywhere in the Japanese delicacy’s country of origin.

It also has more pizza lovers than Italy.

There are other surprises, however, such as the fact that (based on Instagram at least) London is the burger capital of the world:


As for macarons, the delectable French pastries that are a favorite dessert of many — they’re most popular in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok followed by South Korean capital Seoul (the two cities account for 15% of all tagged macaron photos):

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Canada, however, can take heart from (or be offended by) the fact that its signature potato-based dish poutine remains very much its own:


Check out the full interactive here.

TIME Bizarre

See 173 Sets of Twins on Tandem Bikes Try to Set a World Record

It takes two

Early Wednesday morning, 173 sets of twins rode tandem bicycles in New York City’s Central Park to try and set a world record for the most twins riding tandem bicycles at once.

Some participants came from as far as North Dakota, Idaho, California, and Toronto, Canada. There were pregnant twins, twins dressed like clowns, twins with slinkies attached to their helmets, and even a set of triplets who called themselves a “pair with a spare” (in case one fell off the bike), according to Debra Ganz, an event organizer.

However, she says an official for Guinness World Records could not verify the record because the participants were staggered and were not riding their bikes consecutively or in parade fashion. But because there only needed to be 150 bikers to set one, she maintains the event was “the biggest tandem bike ride that has ever been done.”

The stunt also happened to be a promotion for the upcoming VH1 show Twinning, which premieres July 22.

When asked if she would attempt the record again, Ganz said, “Of course. We’re twins. We have to do this twice.”

TIME Music

Brandy Sang on the New York City Subway and No One Recognized Her

The pop star recently moved to the city from Los Angeles

The world seems to have forgotten about Brandy, the Grammy Award-winning singer and actress who dominated the top of the pop charts for much of the ’90s and early 2000s. Or at least New York City commuters have.

On Monday, she posted a video to YouTube in which she belts a few bars of “Home” from the Broadway musical The Wiz while riding the New York City subway — to the indifference of her fellow travelers, who don’t appear to recognize her.

The singer moved to New York from Los Angeles in April, according to a post on her blog. She doesn’t particularly seem to mind the dearth of attention she’s receiving in the city, though: in the video, she jokes with a middle-aged man on the subway — her “one fan,” she says — who advises her to “go out there and engage with the people” if she wants to make it, erm, big.

“This isn’t a cold city — this is a warm city, ready to embrace you,” he tells her. “You’ve got talent, man!”

TIME fashion

Why It Took Americans So Long to Care About Men’s Fashion

Models stand on stage for the Cadet presentation during Men's Fashion Week, in New York
Lucas Jackson / REUTERS Models stand on stage for the Cadet presentation during New York Fashion Week: Men's.

New York Fashion Week: Men’s edition premieres this week. As the name suggests, it’s the men’s version of the women’s event that takes over New York biannually with a stream of models, designers, and outfits being feverishly dissected in media for days on end. The men’s fashion week is at a much smaller scale, but a host of designers, new and old have descended on Gotham hoping that American men will finally pay attention to couture the way their European counterparts have.

So why the sudden focus on men’s fashion? After all, it’s not like men emerged as a new demographic. Men have always needed to get dressed, have always been half the population, and have historically worked in office environments longer than women.

Men’s fashion has been perceived as boringhow many viable ways could you really reconstruct the suit? Ties get skinnier then fatter; colors creep towards pastel then return to bland office-appropriate hues; jackets lose boxiness and hug shoulders more. But we are in the throes of a men’s fashion upheaval. The basics of men’s officewear are getting thrown aside as business casual is becoming the norm: jeans are favored by startup types, ties are restricted to certain sectors, shirts are relaxing their starched collars. Suddenly, there’s a very urgent space for men’s fashion.

Social media has emerged as a key player in the turnaround in not only making fashion more accessible but offering a lens to what dudes around the globe were wearing. Think of early fashion blogs: Most were exclusively for women, but The Sartorialist was one of the first to incorporate men (albeit, focusing mostly on Europeans) into its spreads, creating an ideal of what men’s fashion could besomething that had been sorely lacking. Men, after all, relied mainly on pop culture for inspiration before; now, there lay an entire world of opportunity.

“The men’s industry has [overtaken] women’s in terms of growth over the last couple of years,” says Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, or CFDA, the group that organizes New York’s fashion weeks. “I think the ability to shop easily through e-commerce and mobile commerce has made it more within reach of the guy who wants to shop.” For the guy—and girl—who hates going to the mall, sifting through messy hangers with club hits blasting or looking for a more streamlined process, e-commerce has been a blessing in convenience, efficiency, and comfort.

The data supports this: Euromonitor International reported earlier this year that menswear saw an increase of 4.5% in $440 billion in sales in 2014 alone. A 2014 report from Bain showed that men’s luxury accessories have outpaced women’s since 2009, increasing up to 13% per year. Traditionally female designers like Prada, Hermes, and Dolce & Gabbana have launched men’s lines to great success. And men love to shop online for clothes—much more so than for techie gadgets.

A generational difference may also play a role in the changing attitudes toward men’s fashion, Kolb said: Millennials are much more tuned into their smartphones and social media, the prime spots for what’s hot and what’s not. Consider Millennials’ penchant for posting selfies: All of a sudden, what you wear is being broadcast to the world, and what you wear is saying a whole lot more about who you are.

“I think Millennials tend to use the way they dress as a statement,” Kolb said. “You see the public figures that people relate to, like sports figures, musicians—and [the consumer] just has more options.”

Male fashion role models are no longer restricted to the stereotypical trifecta of sports, music, and politicians; there’s an entire smorgasbord of types that are all equally as cool and all play into aspects of a man’s personality and lifestyle. Personalization, in other words, has arrived for the American man’s fashion palate, and, combined with the ease and dominance of technology in daily life, has made fashion more accessible.

Plus there’s more wardrobe flexibility in the modern workplace. Combined with alternative male identities that have made it socially acceptable to be fashion conscious and retain a strong sense of masculinity, whether it be gay or straight or transgendered (think: hipster, metrosexual, lumbersexual, gender fluid, androgynous or just nerd), men’s fashion has become a viable concept.

“I think the world’s attitudes towards masculinity have really progressed,” Jeremy Lewis, editor of Garmento, a fashion magazine, told Business of Fashion. “The classic male archetype has been pretty misogynistic, sexist, and slightly fascist and I think that’s broken down quite a bit over the last 20 years. It makes more sense in a world that is becoming less patriarchal that the male identity would shift to allow for something like fashion or style … to be adopted.”

But before American men can fully celebrate the inclusion of a men’s fashion week and how far we’ve come as a society, it’s worth remembering a key fact: The United States is sorely behind in this realm. New York was the last of the great four fashion capitals (the other three being Paris, London, and Milan) to create an exclusively male-centric fashion week. And the week is getting only a fraction of the attention that its sister organization gets.

Kolb realizes the uphill battle the CFDA faces in hosting the week. “It’s a new event and new effort and we’re able to connect to a broader audience differently,” he said, confirming that the show is slated for a repeat next year. “We have a robust marketing campaign, amazing fashion partners, this city, and magazines and newspapers and pretty cool campaigns.”

In other words, there’s no reason why the guys can’t have in on the fun of dressing up.


TIME Crime

New York City Reaches $5.9 Million Settlement With Eric Garner’s Family

Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner
Susan Watts—NY Daily News/Getty Images Esaw Garner, widow of Eric Garner photographed in her Manhattan home on Wednesday July 1, 2015 as the one year anniversary of her husband's death nears.

The news comes nearly one year after his death

Nearly one year after the death of Eric Garner, his family has reached a settlement agreement with the city of New York that will award them $5.9 million.

Garner’s wife, mother and other relatives had taken legal steps last year to bring a lawsuit against the city, but the comptroller, Scott Stringer, elected to award them the settlement before a lawsuit was formally filed. This method is meant to bring closure to the family more quickly and save taxpayers money that would be spent on hefty legal fees, according to the New York Times.

Garner was killed in a chokehold during an arrest by the police on Staten Island. A grand jury did not indict the officer who placed him in the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. Garner’s death prompted outrage around the country, with protestors repeating his final words, “I can’t breathe,” as a battle cry for justice.

Garner’s family will reportedly lead a rally petitioning the federal government to bring charges against the officers who arrested him on Saturday, one day after the one-year anniversary of his death.


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