Posted: August 20th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
The plazas, which replaced portions of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, are popular with tourists, theatergoers and Midtown office workers.
But conditions in Times Square have recently come under scrutiny, with some New Yorkers complaining about the proliferation of street performers — including, most notably, topless women wearing body paint — who are said to be accosting pedestrians for tips for posing for photographs.
Mr. de Blasio has been keen to demonstrate that he is addressing the concerns, and on Thursday he announced a task force to consider ideas on how to better prevent activities that the city deems illegal or harmful to the area’s quality of life.
But the mayor, at a news conference in Queens, surprised many urban planners when he said he would give “a fresh look” to whether the pedestrian plazas should remain.
“That’s a very big endeavor, and like every other option comes with pros and cons,” Mr. de Blasio said of removing the plazas. “So we’re going to look at what those pros and cons would be. You could argue that those plazas have had some very positive impacts. You could also argue they come with a lot of problems.”
Though what he really excels at is churlishness:
Posted: August 19th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Mayor Bill de Blasio made a promise as a candidate to animal-rights activists that he would end the Central Park horse-carriage industry on the first day of his administration.
Nearly 600 days into his tenure, the horses are still clopping. And the mayor has a new message for activists: Talk to somebody else.
“What I would say to every advocate is, you already have my vote; go get the votes in the City Council,” Mr. de Blasio said in a radio interview on Wednesday, when the host, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, asked about the holdup. “Solidify the support in the City Council so we can make this change.”
“That’s where people should put their energy,” Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, added.
Posted: August 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
“Fundamental achievements with a very big reach.”
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“We have a government that is very effective, and people all over the city know we are trying to do things for everyday New Yorkers. It is self-evident.”
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“I’m an object lesson in why people shouldn’t listen to mainstream polling that much. I wouldn’t be sitting here in this role.”
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“[My team] can always communicate things better.”
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“I think there’s a huge dichotomy between what’s happening in the mainstream media and what people are feeling and understanding.”
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“[Michael R. Bloomberg] was covered in a very particular fashion. I think the media had a kind of kid-glove sensibility toward him. I think that’s well-established.”
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“A miscommunication. She went ahead of the team. We corrected it right away. If you want to write about it, God bless you, but I wouldn’t overrate it.”
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“There’s no question in my mind we’re doing the most important work, we’re staying with our vision. I have no doubt that when you add it up, millions of people are being touched by it.”
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“Good government is good politics. And I believe it.”
Posted: August 14th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Tyree was still barricaded in the home at 11:09 a.m. when NY 1 City Hall reporter Grace Rauh tweeted that de Blasio had been in the gym for two hours.
Rauh later tweeted that it appeared that de Blasio had slipped out a side entrance even though he usually exits the gym through the front door.
“Mayor always exits gym through front door. Apparently even he realized how bad that visual would have been today,” Rauh tweeted.
De Blasio Press Secretary Karen Hinton said that the mayor was on his way to the hospital when asked at 11:25 a.m by DNAinfo regarding his whereabouts.
Asked why the mayor did not leave the gym even though the standoff was ongoing, Hinton said “he was on the phone” with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro regarding the incident.
Hinton later tweeted that the mayor “spoke with Fire & Police Commissioners several times by phone on shooting early morning & at gym. At gym for 80 min.”
An employee at Colson Patisserie which is located near the Y on 9th Street and Sixth Avenue, said that the mayor had been there.
“Why could anyone think it’s OK for him to be at a gym working out for two hours in the middle of the day and he is supposed to be running the city,” said a former top official who worked closely with two mayors.
Another former official who was involved in the city’s response to several major crises, called the mayor’s decision “unbelievable.”
“What CEO of a company does that? Take the morning off with all that is going on?” the official said.
Posted: August 6th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
A new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found voters gave de Blasio his worst marks ever — with the percentage who disapprove of him rising from 40% to 44%. The number who approve of the mayor has held steady at 44% since May.
“This is bad for de Blasio,” said the Quinnipiac Poll’s assistant director, Maurice Carroll.
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Two years away from the next election, 47% say the first-term mayor does not deserve reelection, while 41% say he should get a second term. Even among Democrats, only 53% say he deserves reelection; a majority of Republicans do not, and 56% of independents disapprove of a second term.
“Mayor de Blasio has to be concerned that his reelection numbers are narrowly negative,” said Carroll.
Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for the mayor, said de Blasio’s not worried about “political chatter.”