Revealed: The Real Reason for New Fence at NYC Mayor’s Mansion

Gracie Mansion fence

The reason for this eyesore of a fence at the mayor’s house? (Photo: http://www.nydailynews.com)

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So you can’t see that Al Sharpton has taken over the place! (Photo: http://www.nypost.com)


New York City Mayor Bill “Sandinista!” de Blasio just completed a baffling bit of home improvement to the mayor’s official residence.  According to the New York Post:

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a self-declared progressive “man of the people,” has erected a massive new “privacy fence” to keep his constituents from looking in on Gracie Mansion.  

There are at least two competing theories for why the mayor put up the fence.  According to the same Post article, there’s speculation that de Blasio “…demanded the extension because he was sick of nosy people in Carl Schurz Park peeping in while he hung out in the yard.”  The New York Daily News, however, suggests that the mayor’s security chief lobbied for the new addition “in the wake of White House fence jumpers.”  That the Daily News was actually willing to print such an explanation suggests that the newspaper is actually the marketing arm of the de Blasio administration. Continue reading