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Republican Mayoral Frontrunner Joe Lhota Comes Out Against Typewriters, Gourment Food Trucks, Converting Factories into Housing

Brooklyn’s Republican mayoral candidate blasts hipster causes

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GOP hizzoner hopeful Joe Lhota’s proposed policies would hit Brooklyn’s growing hipster demographic where it hurts.

The Republican frontrunner — a 20-year resident of Brooklyn Heights — set himself at odds with the trendy youth of his adopted borough by railing against typewriters, gourmet food trucks, pro-bike initiatives, and converting industrial areas into housing at an April 30 candidates forum.

Lhota blasted the Bloomberg Administration for requesting bids from contractors to repair the city’s typewriters, calling the machines — the preferred writing tool of aspiring Brooklyn novelists — obsolete.

“It’s not about repairing the typewriters. It’s about throwing them out, replacing them, and coming into the 21st Century,” Lhota declared.

Lhota also attacked zoning initiatives that re-designated many of New York’s former manufacturing zones as residential areas — and created housing for thousands of hipsters in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg and Bushwick. He argued that the new building rules discourage factories from opening in the city.

“There was a vision that manufacturing was never coming back, and we now see that view was incorrect,” said Lhota, singling out the Greenpoint waterfront as one location that should be at least partially turned back into an industrial area.

The former Giuliani Administration deputy mayor slammed the invasion of high-end food trucks that he claimed clog major thoroughfares while appealing to social media-savvy young people with epicurean tastes. He said he would support regulations limiting where the vehicles can park.

“They send you a Tweet and let you know what corner they’ll be at. It’s part of their business model,” said Lhota. “They’re parked all over the streets, on every corner of the city, and they cause congestion.”

Lhota also criticized the way the Department of Transportation has painted bike lanes without regard for the needs of police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances.

“The coordination with the different agencies has been horrific,” said Lhota.

He then complained about the thoughtless placement of the new BikeShare racks, noting that one of the two-wheeler depots now sits directly in front of the entrance to the Clark Street subway stop.

“Those bikes are going to be in the way. God forbid the Fire Department has to get into that station,” said Lhota.

The candidate’s comments drew criticism from hip Brooklyn merchants.

Donna Brady, who formerly repaired and sold classic typewriters at the famous Brooklyn Flea, claimed the old-school writing devices are still useful for filling out forms.

“There are some things that a typewriter can do more efficiently than a computer,” said Brady.

And Ben Van Leeuwen, co-founder of Van Leeuwen’s Artisanal Ice Cream — whose truck is a mainstay on Bedford Avenue during the summer — dismissed Lhota’s claim that wheeled vendors create traffic jams.

“I just don’t think the less than 1,000 trucks in a city this big cause that much congestion,” argued Van Leeuwen. ““New York is one of the world’s most bustling cities, there’s going to be congestion.”

Lhota did concede that bike lanes — like the people who support them — aren’t going anywhere.

“I agree that bike lanes are here to stay,” said Lhota. “If you look at the young people in this city, who are going to continue to grow, they like bicycles.”

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Posted 12:00 am, May 2, 2013
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diehipster from Where the beardos aren't... says:
Wait, I thought there were no much thing as hipsters? HAHAHAHAHAHA

Anyway, this guy has my vote - I just have to convince him to hate bicycles more and eliminate all those EMPTY AND UN-USED bike lanes.

I seriously think that if the right mayor is put in place, we can at least begin the process of bringing this city back to normal; it may take a few terms but hey, you can't expect to eliminate an entire species overnight. Parts of this city are simply saturated with these good-for-nothing try-hards who do nothing except participate in their daily hipster circle-jerks of eating and drinking overpriced everything; helping 85 year old antiquated apartment rents sky-rocket; and of course ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART.

LHOTA FOR MAYOR! Let's ship these asparagus-shaped bearded transients back to their cul-de-sacs once and for all and turn our city back into a city - not some suburban liberal arts college campus movie set!!!!

END OF STORY!
May 2, 2013, 5:47 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
"Lhota also attacked zoning initiatives that re-designated many of New York’s former manufacturing zones as residential areas — and created housing for thousands of hipsters in neighborhoods such as Williamsburg and Bushwick. He argued that the new building rules discourage factories from opening in the city."

Imagine if we had a candidate for mayor who favored letting the market decide what a building should be? You won't find it in our local Republican group, who favor authoritarian planning.
May 2, 2013, 6:33 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Mr. Hipster, you wouldn't know what a city was if you lived in one. Here's a good rule of thumb though. If it's more like Manhattan, it's more urban and if it's more like Staten Island, it's more suburban. Why do I have to explain this to you? Maybe you should leave Bensonhurst more often.
May 2, 2013, 6:36 am
o3 from bk says:
"...set himself at odds with the trendy youth of his adopted borough..."
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hizzonor-wannabe is a transplant !

ohh the artisanal irony....
May 2, 2013, 7 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
No typewriters? how do you fill out forms that have no on line equivalent?
You know some people are just ignorant.
How about doing away with pens and pencils?
May 2, 2013, 7:13 am
diehipster from Where the beardos aren't says:
03 -

Nothing wrong with being a transplant - just not the hipster variety.
May 2, 2013, 7:38 am
T-Bone from DoBro says:
You all realize that Lhota is the closet to Bloomberg: pro-developer, pro-business, tough on crime. He's just doing the usual primary thing to please the mouth breathers - the dems are doing the same. You are just going along with the daily BK Paper trolling. You think because he doesn't want to fix city typewriters, he is anti-hipster. That would just glut the surplus market = more typewriters on the market for hipsters. Plus, less housing zoning leads to less supply = higher rents. The current admin already hates foodtrucks, so no chage there. And, bikes are here to stay.

This guy has my vote too. The dems candidates policies sound like Dinkins to me. They're actually the ones who would turn this city back into the rats nest that DH desires.
May 2, 2013, 7:41 am
manhatposeur from brokeland says:
Dream on Diehipster. If Lhota wanted manufacturing to return to brooklyn to turn us into chemical dump he would have doen somethign about the taxes. We need mroe residential areas not new potential toxic dumps.
If Lhota had his way he would turn Bensonhurst into a giant sewage treatment plant.
Either way I don't he'll win. I'm betting on Deblasio to upset Quinn and the rest.
May 2, 2013, 7:53 am
s from ppw says:
The NYPD must be full of hipsters because they use typewriters more than any city agency!
May 2, 2013, 8:30 am
Evan from Bed-Stuy says:
"BikeShare" is not a proper noun and is two words - "bike share." "CitiBike" is a proper noun, and is one word. The Brooklyn Paper should probably know these basics before reporting on these issues.
May 2, 2013, 8:36 am
Barb from 11222 says:
We are already a toxic dump asshatposeur. It was never cleaned up. Read about it. A swath of industrially zoned Brooklyn was turned mixed use on paper, but that didn't clean it up. It is still making people sick. Anybody that would knowingly build residential on that waste doesn't care about the people living on it only about the money it generates. It should be industries and factories where people can work a 10 hour shift, get paid union salaries, and then go home at the end of the day. Keep Brooklyn affordable to the working class.
May 2, 2013, 8:45 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
A Brooklyn Flea typewriter repair center? That, much like the rest of this article doesn't really exist, because there's no such thing as hipsters.

Next you're gonna tell me that Buddy Holly glasses wearing, redbearded children of the corn from Iowa in enaciated lumberjack outfits are selling $10 pieces of artisanal chocolate made in Williamsburg that have Penny Farthing designs on the wrappers. And that their company conducts tours of their shop where coked out interns concede that sometimes redbeard hair gets in the chocolate; like yah, so kewl. Nope, not possible - hipsters don't exist.
May 2, 2013, 8:59 am
BGGB from Bed-Stuy says:
Is Mr. Lhota really suggesting that food trucks (which NEVER park in moving lanes) are more responsible for traffic congestion than double-parked cars, taxis, and idiots who block the box at red lights?

Why is he allowed to just make this cr*p up?

Lhota is just picking lowhanging fruit that doesn't have political muscle to defend itself. If he wants to be mayor he should show leadership and attack groups with actual power: like the NYPD for its miserable traffic enforcement.
May 2, 2013, 9:33 am
BGGB from Bed-Stuy says:
Is Mr. Lhota really suggesting that food trucks (which NEVER park in moving lanes) are more responsible for traffic congestion than double-parked cars, taxis, and idiots who block the box at red lights?

Why is he allowed to just make this cr*p up?

Lhota is just picking lowhanging fruit that doesn't have political muscle to defend itself. If he wants to be mayor he should show leadership and attack groups with actual power: like the NYPD for its miserable traffic enforcement.
May 2, 2013, 9:33 am
ty from pps says:
Wow. Will Bredderman must be taking lessons from the diehipster school of "make everything about hipsters even if there's nothing remotely related to them." Well done!
May 2, 2013, 9:39 am
Johnny Hammersticks from Brooklyn says:
He has my vote.

His views against hipsters aren't going to hurt him in the ballot booths because most hipsters aren't from here anyway and aren't registered to vote here.
May 2, 2013, 10:29 am
theREALdeal from The Bronx says:
What a fool. The vast majority not New Yorkers are in favor of bike lanes. Benefits include:

•A visible lane for riders of all types.

•They create lane lines on wide streets which calm traffic.

•Which often leads to a shorter crossing distance, sometimes pedestrian islands and beautification.

•Finally, in a city where most people don't drive.

This bike lane hate is so ridiculous. Get used to to, bicycles are a necessary form of additional transport in a city dense as New York. Where roads and mass transit are already over capacity. Every new bike rider benefits everyone. One less driver, one mass mass transit used, with no pollution causing and virtually no road wear. It s no wonder why bicycles have become a big deal internationally.
May 2, 2013, 12:20 pm
ty from pps says:
"because most hipsters aren't from here anyway and aren't registered to vote here. "

Mr. Hammersticks, this is based on your scientific polling? Or just more stupid things coming out of your butt?
May 2, 2013, 2:27 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
This guy is just playcating to the "oldschool Brooklyn" fossils. While he is on point in terms of his views on typewriters, he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to real estate and business in general.

There should not be any more waterfront property zoned industrial in North Brooklyn anymore. There is enough (too much) of that already and the real estate value and demand for premium residential space along the waterfront is too high. It's just bad business.

Furthermore, Brooklyn has already seen a relatively recent influx of tech companies and other start-ups that bring in a more educated workforce ( http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/35/9/dtg_theyard_2012_03_02_bk.html ). Scalable companies like these have more upside in terms of the number of employees as well as revenues. We should encourage companies that add to the community rather than just taking up space like some industrial warehouse that has a total of fifteen blue collar employees grossing $500k in revenues at best. That's not an indictment of blue collar work it's just bad business for this particular area. There is plenty of cheap land in other areas of Brooklyn for these types of businesses.

If you want to see growth and progress in Brooklyn vote for a candidate who will focus on fostering the tech and services industries that are setting up in North Brooklyn. A well educated local workforce will lead to a better community for us all. The last thing that we need is somebody who wants to turn the North Brooklyn waterfront into a industrial wasteland.

Lastly...Bikes and food trucks are awesome. Hating bikes and food trucks is like hating America.
May 2, 2013, 2:56 pm
Roddy from 11211 says:
Bicycles are the future! Like Yah! Playcating? Really? If you are an example of the type of "educated" people we want to exclusively surround ourselves with, then I'll take blue collar. Not because you spell poorly, and make the same boring pro-gentrification arguments all the time; but because you are an idiot. An entitled, elitist, overeducated white fool.
May 2, 2013, 4:01 pm
ty from pps says:
I've never heard anyone say, "Like Yah" but diehipster and all of his clones seem to think this is some sort of stereotypical expression. It's just odd.
May 2, 2013, 4:10 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Although I am not a Republican myself. Lhota does have a point. What he is talking about are the original generations that are the ones that really define the neighborhoods or even the city especially because they chose to be there when others didn't. Overall, a lot of the mayoral candidates are trying to be the anti-Bloomberg here so that they can bring back the city to the hard working rather than the elite. Seriously, saying that hating bike lanes and gourmet trucks is like hating America is downright insulting and part of what is known as the "Downplay Effect", plus this sounds as if it was said by someone who works for Bloomberg or even Quinn by saying that, and I would suspect that some here were paid to say that.
May 2, 2013, 4:55 pm
jay from nyc says:
I would like to hear this guy talk about what his plans are for
a) making the MTA not suck, since he ran it, and it STILL sucks
b) what he will do about the joke NYC schools are and how he could get the graduation rate up to something like say oh, 70%, which would be about a 22% improvement over what it currently is
c) corruption d) redevelopment of Brooklyn, which includes housing.
I also find it odd that he focused on waterfront development since that land did really bad in Sandy is probably going to have problems with floods going forward.
May 2, 2013, 5:30 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Ty, I think DerpHipster and his ilk are trying to emulate that Midwestern/Minnesota-ish accent. Like people in the movie Fargo. Like yah! Sounds Canadian to me. But, I never hear it much around here. Come to think of it, most transplants I know are southern or European.

And Tal, what do you mean by "original generations?" Would that be the native Americans, Dutch, ethnic Europeans, blacks, Puerto Ricans.......? Let me guess, you're a simpleton who lives with his parents well into his 40s, am I right? Who are you voting for in the mayoral race... oh that's right, you can't.
May 2, 2013, 5:42 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Hey Roddy - What does the fact that I'm white have to do with anything? Please elaborate on that for the benefit of the rest of the white people on this board. Obviously since we're white you're automatically assuming that we have a attitude of disdain towards people of other races.

Also, by over-educated are you referring to my diploma from an actual university. I know that you didn't make it past the 8th grade but a university education is pretty par for the course for most people. Somebody with a high school diploma or even a GED is over-educated compared to you though so I guess that makes sense.

By entitled are you referring to the fact that I work my butt off all week and make good money and want to do nice things with it and that I prefer the company of people who share a similar lifestyle to me? I am certainly entitled to my way of life in terms of social life considering how hard I work.

You totally got me on the typo though...way to go, you're a real winner...
May 2, 2013, 6:02 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
T-Bone, the original generations I am referring to are those who were living in such areas before the hipsters came. This mostly refers to who originally built the neighborhoods and their descendants, not to who is living there now. It's really sad that they are getting pushed out thanks to gentrification that happened originally under Giuliani and even more rapidly under Bloomberg, who you probably support a lot. I wouldn't even be surprised if you are part of Quinn's campaign, because she is probably the closest you have to Bloomberg. On a side note, if I could vote, it would be with Weiner, because he does truly champion the hard working over the elite, and he was known for kicking Bloomberg off of his high horse that he was known for riding on and seeing him for what he really was, which was nothing more than a wolf in sheep's clothing, and the same can go for Quinn.
May 2, 2013, 6:06 pm
Homer from Omaha says:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090318191910AA2VQsX
Next question.
May 2, 2013, 6:32 pm
T-Bone from Dobro says:
Tal said: "the original generations I am referring to are those who were living in such areas before the hipsters came."

OK, so be specific, which group: Native American, Dutch, ethnic Europeans, Puerto Ricans, blacks...? All of them have lived in "such areas." Who's more worthy? Who did you (I'm sorry, your parents) displace in Pleasantville? Or was your family there since the Big Bang, like Swamp Yankee?
May 2, 2013, 9:07 pm
manhatposeur from brokelyn says:
Well too all you 'old school BK people" I represent the AZN-American transplants in Brooklyn. Some of us are from the nearby suburbs of the NYC metro area while some of us are from the West Coasts and as far as Hawaii.
We aren't the FOB's that your used to keep in line. So yeah we want our bike lanes, night markets, and various foods!
Guess what we register vote!
May 3, 2013, 8:20 am
judahspechal from bedStuy says:
doesn't it simple bothers anyone that someone who wants to lead, would seek to offense those he could possible lead before getting the gig? Just asking
May 3, 2013, 2:20 pm
judahspechal from bedStuy says:
doesn't it simple bothers anyone that someone who wants to lead, would seek to offense those he could possible lead before getting the gig? Just asking
May 3, 2013, 2:20 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, my family aren't hipsters, we are just regular people who happen to be in the middle class. I came with my family from Israel since the mid 1980's, and have been living here since, so I am not a recent wave of any group. When I mention original generations, I am referring to the those on the lower end of the ladder. By that I mean those that built the areas with their own blood and sweat or even coming there when nobody else wanted to. Unfortunately, a lot of them have been driven out over the last number of decades with trying to make them feel like playgrounds for the rich and homogenizing almost everyplace. For example, Times Square may have looked gritty and full of porn before what made it the way it is now, but at least it was something distinctive and clearly unique to just NYC itself. If the police did their job and stopping the criminals then, there wouldn't have been need for massive gentrification. However, I am not calling to keep the slums and red light districts, I am just saying that there are ways to help them without driving them all out, especially when it involves turning them into Anywheretown, USA. These days, tourists aren't that much interested in Times Square because it looks like an area that can find just about anywhere in the country hence the name, and relying tourism for revenue isn't always a good thing either. I find it better to think about those that have been living and working for both better and worse rather than those that just come for a vacation or visit only.
May 3, 2013, 5:23 pm
jk from 11211 says:
I love you Tal. Keep fighting the good fight.
May 3, 2013, 9:26 pm
manhatposeur from brokeland says:
Sorry Tal, sounds like the only parts of America you see are on TV. The new transplants to Brooklyn are simply making it a viable place. You and Diehipster want the old order and when Brooklyn was seen more as a place to escape.
If you want a play ground for the rich go to the Upper East side & Upper West Side.
And another thing, gentrification is usually a result of massive police enforcement. For better or worse Guiliani's heavy handed police tactics and Bloomberg's implicit willingness to continue his policies such as stop-n-frisk has had some form of deterrence.
Brooklyn is a better place because I can roam free on the range on bike from Greenpoint to Bayridge.
May 4, 2013, 7:41 am
Frank from 11222 says:
viable= more hospitable to mostly white, college grads with artsy tastes. No working poor allowed except the above mentioned who are doing menial jobs until they get their "big break" or move back to Iowa to settle down.
May 4, 2013, 8:03 am
manhatposeur from brokeland says:
Well look at this way. At least the working poor can get to their jobs with lessfear of being jumped by baggy trouser hoodlums.
If you want to blame someone, blame the greedy developers for building these high ceiling glass towers. And whose idea was to cramp thousands into projects. if they want to build affordable housing it should be spread out not these implacable behemoths.
As for viable, whats wrong with paying rent, going to work, and occasionally chilling at the local bar.
May 4, 2013, 8:53 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasanatville, NY says:
Manhatposeur, I have no idea what you are taking, but whatever it is, I don't want it. Bloomberg or even Guiliani were no heroes for what they did. Believe it or not, the stop and frisk policy did not make neighborhoods safer, but actually worse in some of them. Also, they have brought issues on race on seeing that minorities were the ones who this went on the most. Just imagine if this was you the police was doing it on, and you will see where the complaints are coming from. Meanwhile, Bloomberg had a way of addressing the problems by creating them himself whether it was on public schools, blighted neighborhoods, or even traffic congestion all by making them that way and looking for scapegoats while covering what really happened. More importantly, Bloomberg is infamously known for only having the money when it comes to his pet projects and rich buddies while snubbing the public when they needed the funding to stay afloat. Overall, the only reason you support Bloomberg and will probably pick Quinn is because you either work for him or benefited greatly while others suffered or got priced out.
May 5, 2013, 3:25 pm
Tal from Not Brooklyn says:
"Also, they have brought issues on race on seeing that minorities were the ones who this went on the most."

I apologize that I cannot form coherent thoughts. I also apologize for not taking 30 secs to check to make sure I wrote something that others could read. I don't know what's wrong with me. It's probably related to being hit in the head with stray golf balls while living in my mom's basement.
May 5, 2013, 7:56 pm
Marco from 11222 says:
Manhatposeur, that is what the residents of this neighborhood were already doing. Working, paying bills, and grabbing a drink. The neighborhood was already viable. It just wasn't white enough for your tastes apparently.
May 6, 2013, 7:18 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How nice that some person using my name makes a comment to insult me. I wouldn't be surprised if this was done by manhatposuer himself. Minorities were the ones targeted the most by stop and frisk and many of them were found to be innocent later on. Just be lucky that they didn't hold them for false accusation, which is a serious crime, because they would become rich themselves if this was a civil case. Meanwhile, you are right about that Marco, because I am tired of seeing long time residents and business owners getting priced just because those of higher incomes want to live there, and hipsters are known for doing this. Let's not forget an entire neighborhood near the Vanderbilt Yards that was full of hard working people did get torn by the abuse of eminent domain and is being funded by the taxpayers of the state to pay for that even though the rest of the site may never even come. If you're asking how this relates to Bloomberg, he is the one that got it to happen to getting them through the red tape that most others would have to fight. Overall, as long as developers had someone like Bloomberg to clear the way for them, they had nothing to fear, because he would just give them a rubber stamp to proceed despite all the opposition and concerns against them.
May 6, 2013, 2:32 pm
Nicole from Bushwick says:
He screams anti-progress . New York is a city of change, Brooklyn especially. It consumes our conversations daily- ' the new restaurant' ' the new neighborhood' ' gentrification ' and so on. Change will occur and be will not be able to limit such natural processes. It's partial to why we are here in progressive urban cities. Lets not forget that.
May 15, 2013, 8:36 am

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