Thank you for this. Beautiful.
I'm also really looking forward to great benefits for the homeless, like free bus passes, vouchers and all sorts of public space ceded to them. It will be like Mission in SF!
But what I know for sure is going to happen is that all the interest groups in the city (including the real estate developers) are going to take the city government captive. For example, De Blasio already said he's going to have a TLC commish who "will work with the taxi drivers". Uh, no? That guy is supposed to keep the hacks in line!
I'm psyched to live in a "progressive capital" once again. I'm thinking that the city will be doing all sorts of protest legislating, like banning nuclear power, announcing boycots of Israeli products (that are non-binding) and companies, holding Greenpeace days in every public school in the city. Maybe we'd get a gruff, no nonsense lesbian as police commish? City recycling goes all crazy Tokyo-style and we have to sort into 17 different categories?
You can see Broadway from the Sheeps Meadow? That's kind of amazing!
Bloomberg was awesome as mayor. I wish he could serve a fourth term. Competence without ideology is a wonderful thing. Yes, he is a dick and obscenely wealthy but his performance on the job has been superb.
The de Blasio administration will hopefully get their shit together but, from what I'm hearing, the brain drain at City Hall is going to be DRAMATIC. BDB is going to have no one to run all these agencies and he has no management experience at all, so....
She was on Morning Joe this morning. It was like she had a few early morning rails of coke right before the show. WOULD NOT STOP TALKING
I do have a little, tiny soft spot for her based on living down the street from her for the past 8 years and seeing her at her worst on early Saturday mornings down at the Sutton Cafe. Bleary-eyed, sitting with her ancient husband and staring into her blackberry, dressed like a 20-something slob in stretch pants and Ugg boots.
I, for one, can't wait for the Tina Brown book on Will and Kate. /sarcasm
To be fair, how much of all this change can be attributed to Mike freaking Bloomberg?? Didn't he just kind of mind the store and keep the trains running on time? Banning smoking and calorie counts on the menus - who cares? Bike lanes and plazas and the SBS express buses? YAWN. He failed to get congestion pricing, which would have truly improved the quality of life in central Manhattan and he failed to get the JETS stadium on the West Side or the Olympics, either of which would have been glorious.