preaching to the choir
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s foot-dragging on moving to Gracie Mansion prompted the hosts of Hot 97′s morning show to stage an intervention.
Mr. de Blasio called into the show this morning to chat charter schools, stop-and-frisk and House of Cards–but was also pressed on why he had yet to decamp from his Park Slope row house to the Upper East side more than three months after his election.
de Blasio on de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed about 200 supporters to Gracie Mansion last night to urge them to do all they can to push his plan to raise taxes on the city’s richest residents to fund universal pre-K.
Members of the crowd, which included the Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent clergy members, as well as labor leaders, developers, education activists and administration officials, were asked to get their friends and colleagues involved in pushing the “UPKNYC” plan to reticent Albany lawmakers, according to those in attendance.
Leaving His Shovel Behind
Mayor Bill de Blasio today acknowledged that his young administration had endured several “bumps” in its first two months, but said it’s still too early to judge his progress.
In an interview with ABC 7, Mr. de Blasio also denied that he’d grown “testy” with the media, despite a spate of negative coverage, beginning with his decision not to shutter schools during the last major snow storm and a call he placed to police on behalf of an arrested supporter.
Meet the Mayor
Bill de Blasio has yet to say when he will make the move to Gracie Mansion official, but when he does, the mayor will give up one of his signature displays of everyman appeal: shoveling his own sidewalk.
Mr. de Blasio, who has been spotted and photographed shoveling snow in front of his three-story Park Slope row house repeatedly this winter, shared his thoughts on the matter during yet another storm briefing today at City Hall.
Escape From Park Slope
Mayor Bill de Blasio today played host at Gracie Mansion to several thousand New Yorkers who waited hours in the frigid cold for a quick photo-op with the new mayor.
But Mr. de Blasio, who spent weeks mulling whether he and his family would move into the opulent digs, made clear he was in no rush to decamp from his current Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side.
Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday that he and his family intend to move into Gracie Mansion come January will mean major life changes for the mayor-elect.
The stately East River-side mansion is a world away from the modest Park Slope row house where Mr. de Blasio has been living for the last 13 years.
Hamlet on the Slope
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.
To move or not to move? That, for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, is still the question.
Bill de Blasio has long said that he would make up his mind about whether to move to Gracie Mansion after the election, but he says he still hasn’t decided yet.
The mayor-elect told reporters today that, while the people had spoken, his family had yet to weigh in.
The four-story townhouse at 150 East End Avenue has a dramatic past, which is not to say that it has been the site of undue drama. Once the home of 20th century stars of stage and screen Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt (both members of the married pair were honored with Emmy and Tony awards; Mr. Lunt also received an Oscar), the 2,520 square-foot property has belonged to the Lincoln Center Theater’s longtime artistic director Andre Bishop since 2008.
Alas, Mr. Bishop, who acquired the home for roughly $4.1 million, has decided to pass it off to somewhat less colorful buyers, city records show—for the price of $4.5 million.