On the same day the Daily News announced that Manhattan rental market was “losing steam” as Brooklyn’s continued to explode, at least one high profile Park Slope family chose to buck the trend.
Citing logistical and security concerns, the de Blasio family announced Wednesday they would be decamping to the historic mayoral resident on the Upper East Side in the next few months.
In a co-bylined item posted on the Transition 2013 website, all four de Blasios called the move to Gracie Mansion “a family decision.” Bill de Blasio will be the first mayor since Rudy Guiliani to live in Gracie Mansion. (Bloomberg was like: thanks, but if it’s all the same to you, I’ll stay in my $10 million dollar townhouse.)
Just this week de Blasio remarked that the “the pull of Brooklyn” was making the decision whether or not to move a difficult one. He also mentioned that his son Dante wished to remain close to his school, Brooklyn Tech. But, ultimately, the pull of the eighteenth century Federal style manse with its own monogramed bath towels was stronger than Dante’s wishes, and appeals from the de Blasio’s neighbors and local media.
In their blog post, the family assured those folks who wanted them to stay: “Even while we move to Gracie Mansion for a spell, we’ll be keeping our home in Brooklyn and stopping by our favorite spots like The Purity Diner and Bar Toto as often as we can. And don’t bet against seeing us at the Park Slope YMCA occasionally.”