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Pizza Chef Booted from Riis Park for Being Too Vulgar, Officials Say

By Katie Honan | July 25, 2017 10:29am
 Whitney Aycock, who runs Slice O' Whit's at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, was evicted for being too vulgar.
Whitney Aycock, who runs Slice O' Whit's at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, was evicted for being too vulgar.
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NEPONSIT — The National Park Service was at its Whit's end.

The foul-mouthed pizza chef Whitney Aycock — previously accused of growing pot in his backyard and stealing a pizza oven — has been booted from his Riis Park storefront for being too "vulgar" for the family-friendly beach, officials said.

Slice O' Whit's served its last brick-oven pizza from Bay 9 on Monday after a slew of complaints to the Gateway National Recreation Area, according to an eviction notice posted on Aycock's Instagram.

The letter, signed by Jennifer Nersesian, the superintendent at Gateway, detailed their issues with the chef. 

In one instance, after a patron asked him to lower the "profanity laced inappropriate music" played out of the restaurant, Aycock responded by blasting the music in her face, the letter says. 


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He also refused to lower the music during a free movie night hosted by the Rockaway Artists Alliance and the Central Park Film Festival — and continued to blast it even after he was asked to turn it down, disrupting a screening of "School of Rock" on July 15, a spokeswoman for Gateway said. 

Aycock also had a "lewd painting" on the door of restaurant, which was later removed when asked, the letter says.

And he lacked the proper approval for the installation of a storefront sign — which is required on the historic Riis Park building, according to the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Rehabilitation. 

"His continued lack of consultation undermines the park's mission to preserve and protect the cultural resources found at Riis Beach and can possibly result in permanent damage to the historic structure," Nersesian wrote.

Belvy Klein, the co-founder of the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, which Slice O' Whit's was a tenant of, said they tried to mediate the situation, "but ultimately and unfortunately, were not successful."

"Whit has consistently received raves from press and public alike for producing some of the very best pizza in all of NYC. Both the local community and beach goers will definitely miss his food," he wrote in a statement.

​"At the end of the day, while we don't applaud this decision, we understand that Riis is a federal park and that we - and all of our sub tenants - have to comply with National Park guidelines and regulations," he continued.

Aycock addressed the drama on his Instagram page — where customers praised his food and begged him to open up elsewhere.

"The small simple minded fools that oversee this beautiful national park have deemed us federally offensive. So be it. Happily so!" he wrote.