Interesting iist, but even after living in or near and working in NYC all my life, I too have never ever come across some of these. Newtown Pippin??
Going thru the slide show, it did occur to me that in one way only having such a few places to get these items is not such a bad thing, as most of the inferior purveyors have gone by the wayside. For example, as a 20-something in Brooklyn in the 70's, there were any number of places to get lard bread (one of my favorite foods, even back then), but a lot of them were awful. Now, if you want a lard bread, yeah you have to seek it out, but at least you're pretty sure you'll be getting a great one.
One other item from my back days that probably should be on the list is Panelle, a fried mashed chickpea/ricotta topped with fresh grated cheese dish which tends to be available at the same places that have Vestedda (no I never tried that). Hard to find these days, but one of my favorite eateries in the whole wide world has it on the menu, Ferdinando's, on a not-very attractive block by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and it's one of my favorite dishes ever.
For some reason I can't get their website open (jeez, I hope they haven't all of a sudden closed after like 110 years...), but here's yelp. http://www.yelp.com/biz/ferdinandos-brooklyn-2
post edited by ken8038 - 2014/01/13 09:06:33