New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appeared of Reddit's AMA yesterday and tackled tough questions, like where the best pizza in the city can be found. According to de Blasio, it's Midwood's Di Fara Pizza (1424 Avenue J):
Di Fara Pizzeria in Midwood, Brooklyn. And to all the Manhattan foodies out there: it's not even close. This is clearly the best. And yes I'm from Brooklyn. PS: They use buffalo milk mozzarella, which is beloved in my grandfather's provence in Italy.
Does this settle the debate, or does it just intensify it? Anyway, de Blasio also answered a question about the disappearance of mom-and-pop-shops in favor of chains during Bloomberg's reign:
I have been shocked by how negative many Bloomberg policies have been towards small business. Some people think of him as a businessman mayor, but they need to understand he never owned a small business and doesn't have that perspective. From my point of view, small businesses are the ultimate grassroots job creation engine and also incredibly important to the character and strength of our neighborhoods.
I considered years ago the concept of commercial rent control, and don't believe it's workable, but what we can do is end policies that hurt mom and pop stores like the constant and arbitrary fines the city government has levied and we can use zoning laws and tax policy over time to support family owned businesses. Very good example on upper west side over the last few years where changes in zoning made it harder for certain chain stores to develop and easier for mom and pop shops to survive, so that's a model I want to follow.
Bill de Blasio, the people's champ.