De Blasio Returns to Tour Harlem Explosion Site

Mayor Bill de Blasio getting briefed on the apartment collapse in East Harlem this morning. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio getting briefed on the East Harlem apartment collapse this morning. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to the site of the fatal East Harlem building explosion and collapse this morning, where he was briefed on the ongoing  recovery efforts by first responders.

Yesterday morning’s explosion–apparently caused by a gas leak–leveled two buildings near the corner of East 116th Street and Park Avenue, spewing debris into the street and leaving at least seven dead and 37 injured as of last night, with others still missing, a fire department spokesman said. Continue reading “De Blasio Returns to Tour Harlem Explosion Site”

Bill de Blasio Plays Host at Gracie Open House

Bill de Blasio greets visitors to his open house at Gracie Mansion.
Bill de Blasio greets visitors to his open house at Gracie Mansion.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today played host at Gracie Mansion to several thousand New Yorkers who waited hours in the frigid cold for a quick photo-op with the new mayor.

But Mr. de Blasio, who spent weeks mulling whether he and his family would move into the opulent digs, made clear he was in no rush to decamp from his current Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Plays Host at Gracie Open House”

President Obama Receives Cheers in Staten Island

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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One. (Photo: Getty)

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama toured New Jersey, but, at the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, did not go to the hard-hit areas of New York City due to concerns that he would drain emergency resources. That changed today, however, and Mr. Obama is currently in Staten Island along with Mr. Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo and other elected officials. According to our own Hunter Walker, who’s traveling with the president, Mr. Obama surveyed the damage to Breezy Point and the Rockaways from the air, and received a fairly positive response when he landed in Staten Island.

“A group of residents who were here at the center, which was not closed today, are cordoned off about 200 feet from the tents,” he wrote. “They cheered when POTUS arrived. Several became dismayed and shouted ‘Get out of the way’ when the press corps blocked their view of the president.”

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