Spotlight on Brooklyn in New TV Show

Brooklyn is getting its well-deserved day in the sun.  Tony Muia started a hit bus tour company called “A Slice of Brooklyn” in 2005. Since then, he’s been hauling interested tourists around Brooklyn, showing them all of the hot spots.

As he said,

“At that time, Brooklyn wasn’t the tourist destination it is today. It was still all about Manhattan. Now no one can stay away.”

The four hour bus tour picks tourists up in Manhattan and other locations and brings them to Grimaldi’s to enjoy pizza like it’s meant to be. Then, they go to L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst for a Sicilian-style pizza.  Along the way, they get to see all of Brooklyn’s hottest sites with clips from “Saturday Night Fever” and “Goodfellas” playing in the background.

The entire package costs $75 for adults and $65 for kids – and includes two slices of pizza at each location.


Now, “A Slice of Brooklyn,” with its motto “Manhattan? FUHGEDDABOUDIT” is going to get its day in the sun. They are about to have a show called “A Slice of Brooklyn” on the Travel Channel starting today.

And Tony insists that his tour company is the real thing.  Employees are mostly family members including Fat Sal, Cousin Paula, Frankie Pancakes and Uncle Louie.  As Tony said,

“It really doesn’t get more Brooklyn than us.”

Tony and his family, who were, of course, born and raised in Brooklyn and have pledged never to leave, will all be part of the new show. The show will include tours and family meetings at Tommaso’s.

As Tony explained, “We are the soul of Brooklyn. We’ve lived it, we’ve experienced it. You can’t get much closer to Brooklyn than us.”

“A Slice of Brooklyn” will certainly be good for entertainment value – but it also signals some real new opportunities for Brooklyn businesses.  This show will offer a fantastic spotlight of Brooklyn and could potential draw more tourists to the area.

It’s about time Brooklyn gets its day in the spotlight! Let’s hope it’s a day that lasts for a very long time.


James Allenby is the editor of Gowanus Lounge, bringing to his position a vast background on New York, and especially Brooklyn history, culture and lifestyle. Born and bred in the heart of "the County of Kings" James Allenby knows what it means to be a Brooklynite, and imparts this meaning at all times to his readers. Contact James at info(at)gowanuslounge.com.