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 Read More
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 Read More
A Politicker spy reports with some amusement that Virginia Fields turned up, unexpectedly, at the Mayor’s announcement of money for a Bronx High School today, and stood behind him at the event. (Fields later sent out a release headed “Thank God for Election Years.”)
Meanwhile, our sister site, The Real Estate, has an exclusive Read More
Just in time for election day, Rizzoli is publishing the “first-ever tribute to Gracie Mansion.”
Ironically, Mayor Bloomberg–who famously chose to reside in his five-story, Beaux Arts townhouse on 72nd Street instead of at the mayoral mansion–wrote the book’s foreword. Indeed, the 206-year old mansion has a rich history beyond housing the Read More
We stopped in at Gracie Mansion this morning for the Mayor’s annual, packed Irish-fest, complete with the obligatory awful jokes: “The first Irish-Jewish Mayor, Ed O’Koch” and “Bloomberg” is “actually Gaelic for ‘two terms.’”
Also there was the non-Irish Bronx District Attorney, Robert Johnson, looking extremely content over his green tie. Perhaps he’d Read More
Metropolitan Club, Hot Spot
For Fistfights, Sticky Fingers
The tony Metropolitan Club at 1 East 60th Street isn’t the first place one would think of as the venue for a good old-fashioned street brawl. But then again, even the most exclusive clubs’ admissions policies cease to matter once they open their doors to the Read More
Paintball Pinhead Tries
Target Practice at Mayor’s Mansion
Paintball has become an increasingly popular sport. Nevertheless, as one Upper East Side resident discovered on Feb. 28, it is probably unwise to conduct your target practice near what the police euphemistically describe as “sensitive locations”-such as Gracie Mansion-particularly in this jittery era.
At around Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Director of Communications, William Cunningham, is not a guy who spends much time fretting over his boss’ taste in furniture.
“I hadn’t even thought about it until you asked,” he said over the phone. “It’s a house. It’s furnished …. I really don’t think that the President or the Governor or anybody Read More