Slice the Pie

The Story

News that a beloved pizza parlor in Brooklyn had been seized by the state for nonpayment of taxes surprised many aficionados of the Midwood eatery, including Mayor de Blasio, who expressed his consternation. “My team and I are looking into how we can help resolve this situation,” the mayor tweeted. In any event, the restaurant re-opened without mayoral assistance. It’s great that de Blasio is so concerned about the fate of one New York City restaurant, but perhaps he should generalize his concern to the problems facing all city businesses.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Burden: Mayor de Blasio has made a practice of forcing businesses to shoulder the burden of his progressive policies. Read more.

  2. Minimum: Laws mandating a higher minimum wage force businesses to raise prices, cut back on employee hours, and in some cases close down. Read more.

  3. Buildings: De Blasio blames large office buildings for climate change, but by doing so he is attacking the economic activity that goes on inside those buildings. Read more.

“The tone deafness of delivering some kind of exception for the purveyors of his favorite pizza while his policies choke small businesses is jarring.”

David Marcus, City Journal contributor

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Family Business By Laura Vanderkam (April 29, 2011)

“Ben Ryder Howe’s wistful memoir of running a deli in New York.”

And in other news...

“A task force empaneled by Mayor Bill de Blasio to recommend how city government, particularly the police department, can better respond to emotionally disturbed people in crisis has yet to release its report, about 10 months after its work was to be concluded.”

*CORRECTION: Wednesday’s Beat newsletter incorrectly identified the first name of Daniel Pantaleo. We regret the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.