UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) – Bill de Blasio and his family reside on a quiet street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Mayor or not, neighbors describe de Blasio as just a nice guy.
“I’ve lived here for 45 years and he’s been on the block quite some time,” one neighbor said.
But, with a new job comes new digs: Gracie Mansion, which has been home to nine mayors. Gracie Mansion has been vacant for the past 12 years, as Michael Bloomberg chose to live at his own house.
For de Blasio, moving will be a big decision for his son Dante, who attends Brooklyn Tech and would have a lengthy commute from the Upper East Side.
His current neighbors have their own reasons for wanting him to stay in Park Slope. “It’s been fun seeing the candidate every couple of days,” a neighbor said. “I enjoy the little bits of face time I get with him.”
“It’d make a very nice impression and he and his family are very nice neighbors,” another added.
During the campaign, de Blasio did say he would move his family into Gracie Mansion but recently has said it’s a decision he will make with his wife and son.