De Blasio back in Park Slope after pricey extended stay at Brooklyn hotel

It’s not like he ever actually left.

Ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio — now competing in a crowded congressional race that features incumbent Rep. Mondaire Jones — has returned to his now spruced-up Park Slope digs, after almost eight years in Gracie Mansion and residing at a pricey Brooklyn hotel for months afterward.

But don’t fear, he received’t get lost. De Blasio was infamous for near-daily journeys from the Upper East Side mansion to his favourite health club — the Park Slope Y — in addition to stops to his favourite neighborhood haunts like Colson Patisserie and Bar Toto, simply down the block from his now-renovated home.

He additionally took noon strolls by close by Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery.

The Post noticed the ex-mayor Thursday on eleventh Street, the place he mentioned he and spouse Chirlane McCray moved back two weeks in the past following their extended stay in the ritzy New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on Adams Street.

Wearing his customary business-casual campaign-trail uniform of a light-blue button-down shirt, light-brown pants and grey New Balance sneakers, de Blasio expressed delight about transferring back to the neighborhood the place they lived for years and raised their daughter Chiara and son Dante.

“Beautiful. It’s absolutely beautiful,” he mentioned of the realm, which he represented in the City Council in the aughts earlier than being elected Public Advocate. 

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio is back home in Park Slope, Brooklyn after an extended stay at a Brooklyn hotel once he left office.
Former Mayor Bill de Blasio is back house in Park Slope, Brooklyn, after an extended stay at a Brooklyn hotel as soon as he left office.
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“It’s just wonderful to be back home. It’s amazing. This is the home my kids grew up in,” the previous mayor gushed. “The house the place my children grew up has my coronary heart and soul, so it feels simply so good to be back in the neighborhood.

“This is my neighborhood. I know so many people here — the small shops, the store owners. This is the world I came from and could not wait to get back to, truly,” he added with a smile.

Politico New York first reported Thursday morning that de Blasio had moved out of his hotel and back to Park Slope.

De Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray were staying at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge while their home was being renovated.
De Blasio and his spouse Chirlane McCray have been staying at New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge whereas their house was being renovated.
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De Blasio — who in May introduced his run to signify the newly redrawn tenth Congressional District — on Thursday afternoon informed The Post he was “happy” with the renovations, although he famous they have been hampered by supply-chain points.

“We got whomped by supply chain stuff. A bunch of stuff got delayed, so everything got slowed down well beyond what we hoped,” mentioned the previous mayor.

Asked which parts of the home have been refurbished, de Blasio replied, “a lot.”

“The house is over 120 years old, and it needed a huge amount of work, and so now it’s ready to be the house for the rest of our lives,” he defined.

The former mayor and McCray collectively personal one other almost 120-year-old rowhouse on eleventh Street — a property the duo has lengthy rented to tenants.

In April, The Post first revealed that the 61-year-old Democrat and McCray in early 2021 traded Gracie Mansion for the pricey hotel whereas one in every of their Park Slope residential properties was present process a face-lift.

The Post beforehand reported that the pair had been staying in one of many hotel’s extra modest suites, nevertheless it was unclear at the time — and stays so — how the rich however not extravagantly wealthy couple was in a position to swing staying at the pricey, 667-room constructing for a number of months.

De Blasio said he
De Blasio mentioned he “could not wait” to get back to his outdated neighborhood.
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While de Blasio is eligible for a six-figure pension for his 20 years of public service and likewise receives rental earnings on two Brooklyn residential properties he and his spouse personal, The Post reported in October that de Blasio put himself in extra debt by taking out a second mortgage totaling $615,342 on one of many pair of eleventh Street homes.

In whole, the longtime politician and former first woman have racked up at least $2.5 million in debt.

Following a Wednesday afternoon marketing campaign occasion with a union that backed his congressional bid, de Blasio informed a Politico New York reporter that he and the hotel’s homeowners have been in a position to agree on a deal for a four-to-six-month stay in Downtown Brooklyn.

The four-star facility is owned by Muss Development, an actual property company that obtained at least $239 million in metropolis contracts since de Blasio took office in 2014.

On Thursday afternoon, de Blasio once more referenced unspecified “long-term arrangement” with the hotel’s homeowners, whereas noting its employees are unionized and that Big Apple hotel occupancy has plummeted because the starting of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was OK. It’s a union hotel, I appreciate that. We had a long-term stay arrangement, and obviously had a point where they had very few guests, and they were looking for anyone with long-term stays,” he mentioned. 

In the 15-candidate August Democratic major for the decrease Manhattan-Brooklyn House seat, de Blasio is ready to face Jones — who at the moment holds a Hudson Valley-based seat and reportedly moved to Brooklyn on June 6 — Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon, Daniel Goldman and others.

The ex-mayor is currently running to represent the newly created 10th Congressional district.
The ex-mayor is at the moment operating to signify the newly created tenth Congressional District.
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Asked for his response to The Post’s reporting on Jones utilizing a pandemic perk to vote 17 occasions by way of a proxy whereas in France, de Blasio mentioned the distant vote casting is “important information” for potential constituents to have once they head to the polls on Aug. 23. Still, he declined to tee off on his opponent repeatedly saying au voir to Washington, DC.

“Look, I’m not going to get into discussing other candidates right now. My focus is on my own message to voters,” he mentioned. “I think that was important information for the people of this district to know, but they’ll draw their own conclusions.”

While campaigning, de Blasio — who has repeatedly touted his shut relationship with Mayor Eric Adams – not too long ago criticized the brand new metropolis funds shrinking New York City public faculty funding by $215 million.

The congressional contender supplied a obscure answer when requested about his efficiency up to now.

“I’ve spoken on this many times. He’s a friend. I want to see him succeed. He’s dealing with very tough circumstances, and I think the important thing is to put his vision out there and then work it every single day consistently,” mentioned de Blasio.

“You can’t achieve your vision in five months; it takes more time,” he added, earlier than ending the interview and strolling to the close by Muse Cafe and Tea on sixth Avenue, the place he typically spends time. 

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