For the first time in twelve years, the mayor of New York and his family will be living in Gracie Mansion.
As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio carefully announces each step of his transition plan, he released a statement Wednesday ending the ongoing speculation over whether his family would stay in their Park Slope, Brooklyn home or move to the mayor's traditional residence, Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side.
Calling it a "family decision," De Blasio posted a message on his Transition2013 website saying they made the choice, in part, for "logistical and security concerns."
But that doesn't mean they're losing their identity as Brooklynites. "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," says the website. "No matter where we live while Bill is Mayor, this won’t change."
The statement goes on to say that the family is keeping their home and will be "stopping by our favorite spots like The Purity Diner and Bar Toto as often as we can. And don’t bet against seeing us at the Park Slope YMCA occasionally."
During his three terms, Mayor Bloomberg opted to live at his own private townhouse on 79th Street, rather than in Gracie Mansion.
The de Blasio family said they'll "phase in" the move over the next few months.