Mayor Leaves Free Stuff Outside Home Ahead of Gracie Mansion Move
PARK SLOPE — One mayor's trash is another person's treasure.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family took part in a familiar New York ritual over the weekend — they put their old belongings out in front of their Park Slope home for passersby to take before the garbage man arrived.
On the eve of their move to Gracie Mansion, the de Blasios left an eclectic bunch of items on their sidewalk, including a Christmas tree stand, a bookshelf, candles and plastic bins.
On Saturday the de Blasios affixed a "free" sign to their front yard's fence and placed the stand and bookshelf on the sidewalk.
By Sunday afternoon no book worms or Tannenbaum enthusiasts had called dibs on the freebies.
Still the items caught the attention of passersby. Some even stopped to snap a photo to show friends that the city's first family did what most New Yorkers do when they'd outgrown belongings or ran out of storage space — kick them to the curb for someone else to take.
By Sunday evening, the stand and shelf had been taken. But in their place were votive candles and plastic bins — one of which was marked "fabric."
"I guess this is what they do in this neighborhood," a police officer stationed to a post outside the de Blasios' home told one pedestrian walking by.
In a press release on Monday, the mayor's wife announced that the family had begun its first stage of a move to Gracie Mansion.
“Today marks a very important day for our family—the move to Gracie Mansion has begun!” First Lady Chirlane McCray said in a statement.
Among the first items to make the move to the Upper East Side are the mayor's rocking chair and McCray's mother's sewing table.
“Maria spent hours in this chair, rocking and reading to Bill when he was a baby," said McCray, who posted images on her Tumblr page. "[The de Blasios' children] Chiara and Dante were also soothed by the rocking and the warmth of listening to stories in my lap.”