New York's City Hall to Move to Brooklyn
Jul 9, 8:22 AM EDT
By SARA KUGLER
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City Hall is leaving Manhattan, at least for a couple weeks.
Starting Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and 85 staff members will work out of a satellite office in a Brooklyn emergency command center while their usual headquarters gets a facelift.
Bloomberg often goes to Brooklyn for events and meals out - he thinks the burgers at one Fort Greene bistro are the best in the city - but this will be the first time he's set up shop in the borough that boasts Coney Island, world famous pizza and some 2 million people.
"He's been doing a great job, but he's going to do an even better job being in Brooklyn," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said ahead of the move.
One of the first issues to hit the mayor's desk Monday morning involved Brooklyn, and it put a damper on any welcome ceremony. Two young police officers were shot before dawn after pulling over a stolen SUV in the Crown Heights neighborhood, and one was in "extremely critical condition" with wounds to his face and neck, authorities said.
Bloomberg usually works in lower Manhattan in a three-story building constructed from 1803 to 1812 that has the honor of being the nation's oldest City Hall to still house its original governmental functions. The Governor's Room upstairs displays a desk used by George Washington.
The two-week renovation project includes some electrical work, painting and new carpet, and will be limited to the western portion of City Hall's upstairs area, where Bloomberg and his deputy mayors and staff have their desks. Their arrangement is a bit unorthodox, with no walls and the mayor sitting in the middle, a "bullpen" structure adopted from Bloomberg's Wall Street days.
Bloomberg reminded reporters last week that the new digs are just across the river; the Brooklyn Bridge almost links the buildings door to door.
"So let's not get too carried away with how far we're moving," Bloomberg said.
Remember from my Denver talk that Mayor Bloomberg is a knight of malta. There is a good chance that explosives will be planted in this revonation work. Just think of the Pentagon. The part that was being renovated to be the strongest was hit by the...whatever the fuck it was.