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If Gracie Mansion were our friend, we’d lightly slap her face and tell her to snap out of it. “Put down that compact mirror, girl,” we’d chide. “You don’t need botox or permanent eyeliner tattoos. You look great as is. Don’t go changing yourself for some man.” She’d then probably start crying and wailing, “Why, oh, why doesn’t he love me?” at which point we’d start feeling awkward and might hand her a box of Kleenex to shut her up.
Because the thing is, we don’t know why Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t love you, Gracie. We don’t know why he refuses to live inside your beauteous walls (well, maybe we do), but the thing is, changing how you look won’t help. It won’t bring your man home. You’re wasting your time, squandering your money, and becoming a cliché. And yet, we know you won’t listen to us. We know you’ll do it anyways; we know you’ll have your kitchen remodeled.
And whatdoyouknow? We were right.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
There’s a battle brewing over Gracie Mansion. Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t live there and he doesn’t think anyone else should either.
“The mayor should not live there,” Mayor Bloomberg flatly told The Times. Mayors should sleep on their own dimes, just as he, and all other city employees do, the mayor, who has many many more dimes than most people, explained.
Whether you thought they were art of the highest form, or just a bunch of tall orange things with curtains hanging from them, chances are you were talking about The Gates three years ago when it came to Central Park as one of the biggest public art installations in history. Commemorating the three-year anniversary of Read More
“Welcome to my house.”
That’s how the ever-affable Senator Malcolm Smith greeted some people who arrived at Gracie Mansion last night for Mayor Bloomberg’s annual party with state Senators, according to one attendee.
It was a bi-partisan affair, with guests including senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Manhattan senators Tom Duane, Liz Kruger, Deputy Mayor Kevin Read More
So here, for the record, are the complete, unabridged lyrics to the song that “Mike Bloomsteen and the Bullpen Band” of
deputy mayors performed for mayoral staffers at their Gracie Mansion party last
Born to Run
I was born a long, long time ago-and became an Eagle Scout.
And then John Read More
A reader who attended tonight’s holiday party for City Hall staffers at Gracie Mansion sent over the first verse of the song performed by “Mike Bloomsteen and the Bullpen Band,” sung to the tune of Born to Run (which these commenters didn’t guess).
Here it goes, and notice the not-so-suggestive hints at 2008.
I Read More
A reader sends word that Mike Bloomberg is throwing a holiday party for City Hall staffers tomorrow night at Gracie Mansion, complete with live karaoke and, I’m guessing, an open bar. (Because who does that sober?)
Extra credit for the first correct prediction of the song the mayor chooses to perform.
– Azi Paybarah
The Mayor hosted his annual St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at Gracie Mansion this morning. There were plenty of round and ruddy faces in attendance, sipping creamy Irish coffees as waitresses passed around mini shepherd pies and Irish sausage garnished with green paisley mustard. Next to green-dyed carnations, police officers named O’Reilly smiled for cameras. City Read More
The complicated, fascinating circumcision conflict between the Health Commissioner and elements of Brooklyn’s chasidic community broke through to A1 of the Times today, 11 months after it first bubbled to the surface in the Daily News.
I’d add just one political footnote: A subtext here is that chasidic leaders are still suffering from the Read More