NEW YORK (PIX11) – Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that he has decided that he and his family will be leaving Brooklyn and will head in to Gracie Mansion.
“For a variety of reasons, like logistical and security concerns, we’ve decided to move to Gracie Mansion,” the family said in a statement released on their transition website. “It’s a practical choice but one that we make with respect and gratitude for the people of New York City.”
The family said deciding to leave Park Slope for the Upper East Side was a “tough decision.” “Brooklyn is our home and Park Slope is our neighborhood. And we love these places. In many ways, they’ve come to define who we are.”
De Blasio and his family, wife Chirlane and his children Chiarra and Dante, have been mulling the decision for weeks.
The commute from Gracie Mansion to Brooklyn Tech, where son Dante is a junior, was one reason the decision was in limbo. Compared to Dante’s five minute drive now, the commute from the Upper East Side would take about half an hour, according to Google.
Nine mayors have called Gracie Mansion home, but it has been vacant for the past 12 years, as Mayor Bloomberg chose to live at his own house.
“We are humbled to join that great tradition,” the statement reads. “After all, a home is more than just bricks and a mortar — it’s the place you are with the people you love.”