Who doubts that pizza runs in the veins of New York City inhabitants? According to one recent study by the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the city’s five boroughs have almost 1,300 pizzerias. Which neighborhoods have the most? An EDC survey published last week gives top honors to the East Village in Manhattan, Ridgewood in Queens, and Williamsburgh in Brooklyn. Highest per capita concentration? Manhattan’s East Harlem and Lower East Side.
There have been many stories about the intense competition and even litigation among the city’s warring pizza purveyors, such as the lengthy court battle between the owners of the names “Famous Ray’s” and “Original Famous Ray’s.” With so many pizza businesses, it’s inevitable that some of them also fall victim to disputes among co-owners resulting in petitions for judicial dissolution.
Such is the case in Matter of DiMaria (JJM Pizza Corp.), 2011 NY Slip Op 33151(U) (Sup Ct Nassau County Nov. 28, 2011), involving a dispute between minority and majority shareholders of a small pizzeria chain located in northeast Queens known as Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizza. In a decision last month by Nassau Commercial Division Justice Ira B. Warshawsky, the court ruled that the parties’ conflicting allegations concerning petitioner’s claim of oppression and respondents’ “unclean hands” defense prevent a summary determination of the petition. Justice Warshawsky also denied the petitioner’s request for appointment of a temporary receiver.