GREENPOINT — Carmine's Original Pizza is shutting its doors after 35 years of serving slices in the neighborhood, the owner announced Monday night.
Owner Carmine wrote in a note on Facebook that it's "finally time to retire."
"I thank every person who ever walked into Carmine’s Original Pizza for your business, your conversation and your friendship," he wrote. "I will remember and miss you all. Each day was truly a pleasure because of you!"
The pizzeria, at 93 Norman Ave., has been a popular spot for slices in the neighborhood for years, with owner Carmine greeting Greenpoint locals from childhood to adulthood.
Tributes in response to Carmine's retirement announcement flooded the Facebook page — with locals thanking him for his service and posting memories about visiting his shop as children.
"I just can't imagine what I'm going to do after a hard days work and my husband looks [at] me and says 'Carmine's for dinner'?," said one woman. "Thank you for all your years of feeding my family!"
"Carmine's is a childhood staple in my heart and memory," commented another. "After school pizza on Fridays every week with my mom, childhood friends and so much more.
...God bless you Carmine. I hope you enjoy retirement and finally have some time to relax."
It was not immediately clear when the last slice would be sold.