Chirlane McCray announces first-family move on Tumblr

DeBlasio decamps to de-mayor’s mansion

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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
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ted from Iowa says:
Wait, the mayor lives in Park Slope? What? No way, does anyone know where?
June 3, 2014, 1:10 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but eveyone knows that he lives at the corner of 7th Avenue and Berkeley Place, above Mr. Wonton.
If you don't mind my saying so, these people from Iowa need to get "Planet Google" installed into their computers.
I hate to be the one to point this out.
June 3, 2014, 1:30 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
John W, I think the correct app is TweetFaceGoogleSnapEarthChatMaps. Or something.
June 3, 2014, 8:36 pm
Dot from Daaaaashh says:
Horaaayyy for Bolshevik Bill!
June 4, 2014, 2:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, I don't see why this is even considered news, though it probably was a slow day. Since Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor's residence has been Gracie Mansion, so I don't see what's wrong with him moving there when he's just doing what all the others before him (except for Bloomberg) did for the last 50 years. What surprises me is why he isn't there already when he could easily have a police convoy take him there easily. Then again, that will probably cause a lot of traffic coming up the FDR Drive for that, and it's already pretty bad around rush hour.
June 4, 2014, 7:56 pm
Tom from Ft. Greene says:
Wait, it's taken 6 months to even get started, then 3 months to actually do the thing??? Are they selling their home in the Slope, because it sounds like they intend to be in Gracie Mansion forever which, given the performance so far, ain't gonna happen.

Can't this guy get anything done in a reasonable amount of time? He hasn't even finished appointing all the key commissioners yet, let alone the other necessary staff members!
June 5, 2014, 11:10 am
dc from Park Slop says:
Good Riddance and for those who dont know 11st will hopefully get back to somewhat normal andtake the stupid guardhouse Thanks
June 5, 2014, 2:40 pm

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