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DeBlasio decamps to de-mayor’s mansion

Grass is greener: Bill DeBlasio and wife Chirlane McCray, along with their teen son Dante, are abandoning their Park Slope townhouse in favor of fancy digs at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan.
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They are no longer Brooklyn’s first family.

Mayor DeBlasio’s clan finally started to move to Gracie Mansion in Manhattan this week, six months after the former Sloper-in-chief took office and nearly seven months after he first announced their departure plan. First-lady-at-large Chirlane McCray announced the beginning of the process on her First Lady of New York City Tumblr blog.

“Moving is bittersweet, even when excited about the destination,” she wrote. “We’ve lived in our Park Slope home for 14 wonderful years. So many of the moments we cherish took place right here.”

A wistful McCray itemized the family heirlooms that will be making the trip in a series of entries on her blog. A rocking chair given to the brood by DeBlasio’s mom, McCray’s mother’s sewing table, and African-American dolls the elder McCray made were among the highlighted items.

The long-delayed move may not be completed quickly enough to appease some of DeBlasio’s neighbors who once bemoaned the press scrums and traffic-jam-causing security measures that have gripped the 11th Street block between Sixth and Seventh Avenues since the pol won the Democratic nomination last fall. The mayor’s office said in a press release that tours of Gracie Mansion are on hold until September because the move will not be complete until then.

DeBlasio did not respond when asked why the transition will take so long, but McCray’s musing could provide a clue.

“In the process of packing up, I realize just how much — literally and figuratively — we are bringing with us,” she wrote.

The family prepared for the big schlep by putting unwanted items out on the curb for neighbors to take ahead of trash trucks, the website DNA Info reported.

Reach reporter-in-training Hannah Frishberg at (718) 260-4514. E-mail her at hfrishberg@gmail.com.

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