Take Me Out To The Ball Game
In The Heights
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has already dusted off an old desk and shifted staff around the building, has now added colorful stadium seating to City Hall.
Earlier this week, staff moved twin pairs of vintage chairs—one from the old Yankee Stadium and one from the old Shea Stadium where the Mets used to play—from a back room to right in front of a conference room on the building’s ground floor.
Northern Manhattan, the highest point of the island, largely escaped the kind of devastation Hurricane Sandy caused elsewhere in the five boroughs, however residents and politicians from the area are pitching in with a storm relief telethon this afternoon that will be broadcast on La Mega radio station and at least three Spanish-language cable television outlets. The telethon includes planned appearances by the New York Yankees’ star second baseman Robinson Cano, several of the likely 2013 mayoral candidates and a slew of area politicos.
“Although Upper Manhattan has been spared by the storm, we recognize our responsibility to help fellow New Yorkers,” State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who organized the event, said in a statement. “The Uptown Cares Telethon will directly help raise funds for victims on Staten Island and around the City.”
Former Republican New York Governor George Pataki was one of the surrogates backing Mitt Romney on “spin alley” after last night’s presidential debate at Hofstra. Politicker used the opportunity to ask Mr. Pataki which GOP candidates he thought might emerge to challenger the crowded field of Democrats who are likely to run for mayor in next year’s election. So far two political newcomers, Manhattan Media CEO Tom Allon and Doe Fund boss George McDonald, are the only ones who have declared their intentions to run on the Republican line, but Mr. Pataki indicated there may be other Republicans mulling a mayoral bid.
“There are a number of people who are talking about running,” said Mr. Pataki. “I’m hopeful that we’ll have a strong candidate.”
During his press conference on the taxi bill yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg talked sports and trotted out an old nugget about attending camp with the daughter of Braves pitching great Warren Spahn. But there’s only one problem–the late Mr. Spahn never had a daughter.