Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has decided to move into the official residence of Gracie Mansion next year, ending weeks of “will he or won’t he” speculation.
The de Blasio family, including his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their two children, Chiara and Dante, penned a joint statement this morning explaining their decision to move from their 11th Street row house in Park Slope to the Upper East Side estate.
“For a variety of reasons, like logistical and security concerns, we’ve decided to move to Gracie Mansion. It’s a practical choice but one that we make with respect and gratitude for the people of New York City,” the family wrote.
Still, the family intends to keep their home in Brooklyn and said they planned to continue “stopping by our favorite spots like The Purity Diner and Bar Toto as often as we can. And don’t bet against seeing us at the Park Slope YMCA occasionally.”
For weeks, Mr. de Blasio insisted he was undecided on the move, citing the need to mull the decision with his family members, especially his son, who attends high school in Brooklyn, and his daughter, who is away at college in California.
Even after huddling with the family over Thanksgiving and missing his own deadline for making up his mind, the mayor-elect remained uncommitted–until today, that is.
View today’s full statement below:
One of the most important decisions a family makes is about where to live.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked about whether we should move from our house in Park Slope, Brooklyn to Gracie Mansion in Manhattan.
It’s a tough decision. Brooklyn is our home and Park Slope is our neighborhood. And we love these places. In many ways, they’ve come to define who we are.
No matter where we live while Bill is Mayor, this won’t change.
For a variety of reasons, like logistical and security concerns, we’ve decided to move to Gracie Mansion. It’s a practical choice but one that we make with respect and gratitude for the people of New York City.
While this is a temporary move for us, it is one that we are very proud to make. It’s also one that we will phase in over the next few months.
Even while we move to Gracie Mansion for a spell, we’ll be keeping our home in Brooklyn and stopping by our favorite spots like The Purity Diner and Bar Toto as often as we can. And don’t bet against seeing us at the Park Slope YMCA occasionally.
We’ll miss Brooklyn, but we are incredibly gratified to the people of New York for the opportunity to live in the Mayor’s residence. It is an honor we accept with thanks.
For generations of New Yorkers, Gracie Mansion has been the home of the city’s Mayors and their families. It is a place where we celebrate the city and its people, a place where history doesn’t just reside, but is experienced by our fellow citizens.
We are humbled to join that great tradition.
After all, a home is more than just bricks and mortar — it’s the place you are with the people you love.
We are thankful for the trust New Yorkers have put in Bill as their Mayor.
It is a tremendous honor. Our family looks forward to serving the public while also building new memories together and sharing the experience with New Yorkers.
Thanks, and Season’s Greetings to our fellow residents of the greatest city on earth.