The ‘Pizza Champ’ Delivering Pizzas to those in Need on the Bowery
When Chinatown was down, he was there; when COVID-19 hurt the destitute, he was also there.
Hakki Akdeniz, the so-called pizza champion, was on the Bowery this weekend distributing pizzas and other snacks to those in need. Specifically, the queue of folks outside the Bowery Mission on Saturday. The pizza-maker had cameras rolling…
Delivering pizzas to those in need is par for the course for Akdeniz, the 39-year-old Kurdish immigrant who was once homeless himself. (You’ll recall that he also fed the Bowery homeless in the wake of the deadly beatings in Chinatown last fall.) He stayed 96 nights at the Bowery Mission back in 2001, according to the New York Times.