Escape From Park Slope
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.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
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.
halls of power
While the mayor has been busy locking down as many new initiatives as possible in his final months in office—a $20 billion waterfront rebuilding plan here, a stair-building push there—he has not been neglecting things on the home front.
The New York Times reports that Bloomberg has been busy spiffing up his townhouse on East 79th Street, a project that will span some of the last few months of his term. Presumably, the mayor wants to make sure that he has a decent place to putter around after leaving office. He may have many other manses—the townhouse in London, the estate in the Hamptons, his vacation homes in Colorado and Bermuda—but re-gilding his Manhattan home base is clearly a top priority.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
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.
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“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.
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