Morgan gives Sam's Pizza national plug


If you’re Tracy Morgan, there’s only one place in the world to get a slice of pizza. And it’s found right in the middle of Kingsbridge.

The comedian and former “30 Rock” star visited “The Kelly Clarkson Show” last week to share some of his secrets of New York City. One of them? Sam’s Pizza at 232 W. 231st St.

“I don’t eat anybody’s pizza,” Morgan told Clarkson. “I went to L.A., and eat some pizza, and I spit that out. Sammy’s on West 231st and Broadway in the Bronx, is the best pizza ever.”

Clarkson — the first-ever winner of “American Idol” back in 2002 — kicked off the third season of her Emmy-winning daytime talk show by taping episodes in the city before heading back to her usual Los Angeles studio.

Morgan, who in the past shared his personal story of moving up from a “run-down” apartment near Yankee Stadium to a home in Riverdale, also plugged his alma mater, Clinton High School. He told Clarkson he dropped out of high school in 1987 after his father died from AIDS complications, but the school later gave him an honorary diploma during his first year on “Saturday Night Live.”

As for Sam’s Pizza, what makes it great? “It’s all in the sauce,” Morgan said. “A lot of people be getting away with stuff where it’s just cheese and bread. But the sauce is where the money is.”

Morgan is set to return in his critically acclaimed TBS series “The Last O.G.” on Oct. 23. He’s also reportedly gearing up to join Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy in the Ivan Reitman film “Triplets,” a follow-up to the 1988 hit comedy “Twins.”


Feds deliver grant to help homeless youth

New York City has picked up a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development it plans to earmark for youth homelessness.

The grant is part of the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, and is intended to support a wide range of new housing and service interventions to prevent and end youth homelessness.

The city plans to use the funds through its “Continuum of Care” program — a coalition of homeless housing and shelter providers, consumers, advocates and government officials — which will work with various partners, including young people themselves, to develop a community plan designed to curb homelessness.

“This latest federal grant will advance the city’s ongoing efforts to connect youth experiencing homelessness in New York City to the resources and services they need to get back on their feet,” said Steven Banks, commissioner of the city’s social services department, in a release. That includes “funding the development of several new transitional and supportive housing facilities.”


Metro-North slowly getting back to speed

Metro-North Railroad has resumed regular Hudson Line service, restoring more than 80 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity after recovering from flooding resulting from the remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month.

But not everything will be completely fixed, officials said. Some train times will be adjusted to reflect earlier departures and slightly longer trip times because of reduced capacity after landslides and culvert damage caused by the storm. Two tracks on a six-mile stretch between the Greystone and Tarrytown stations remain out of service while restoration work continues.

That will create an extra travel time of about five minutes, officials said.

“I cannot emphasize enough the Herculean effort put forth by our crews in the two weeks since the storm ravaged our entire territory,” said Metro-North president Catherine Rinaldi, in a release. “Especially the Hudson Line.”

Much of the work focused on an area near the Greystone stop in Yonkers, where water cascaded down from nearby Warburton Avenue, creating a mudslide on the tracks. Dobbs Ferry also had issues with a damaged culvert, which forced the shutdown of a pair of tracks through there.

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