I started visiting New York City regularly about 4 years ago. My Boyfriend decided to up and move to Manhattan after accepting a job in Newark, New Jersey. At that time I was having a hard time dealing with my Boyfriend moving and the travel implications (costs) that I was about to face. It was the perfect time for me to fall in love with cheap carbohydrates - $1 Pizza.
I feel anything that is cheap has a stigma associated with it. "Why does it only cost $1? There must be something wrong with it or it must be of poor quality," is the reaction I get from most people when I tell them about the cheap slices. But, in my thinking though, $1 Pizza is utilitarian. It serves a purpose and while there are reason's why it's only $1 it doesn't make it bad.
So why does it cost $1? No, you aren't eating some kind of mutant pizza, constructed of old reduced-price ingredients. You're eating cheese pizza, the difference is that it's made in mass quantities. We're talking up to 450 pizza's a day! And while the establishment might only get 10 or 15 cents profit per slice selling them in that big a quantity pays the rent.
I'm not saying you have to love $1 Pizza, but you have to respect it. If you stop by one of the shops in Manhattan you'll see that this pizza feeds New York; from bankers to construction workers.