Maybe it’s as a result of he is aware of they will’t heckle him.
With so many New Yorkers harboring grave considerations about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, Hizzoner has taken up a daily new hang-out — Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
The mayor has lately been having fun with frequent walkabouts among its headstones — and its legions of Big Apple residents who can’t speak again to him.
“It might be the only people who like him,” Rocco Sciangula quipped to The Post.
“I think he knows in Green-Wood, nobody is going to yell at him, whereas everywhere else, if people are alive, they’re gonna say something,” stated Sciangula, a contractor who was working within the space throughout one in all de Blasio’s latest visits.
John Manley, a resident of close by Park Slope, stated de Blasio’s hourlong jaunts among the graves of 600,000 souls are simply weird.
“I don’t understand it,” Manley stated.
Then once more, “I’m guessing the dead can’t yell at you,” he quipped.
On a extra severe be aware, Manley stated the mayor was “wasting time” along with his workday strolls.
“He should be working,” the resident stated.
The cemetery has few guests in the course of the workweek, when de Blasio takes his solitary strolls, not like the close by crowded Park Slope fitness center the place he exercised earlier than COVID-19 — and was as soon as famously criticized by a homeless advocate.
Hizzoner’s cemetery excursions are additionally a far cry from his walks in the course of the top of the pandemic in Brooklyn’s people-packed Prospect Park — the place he could be heckled by critics.
De Blasio usually adjustments out of his swimsuit and into shorts or sweatpants, a t-shirt, sneakers and a baseball cap earlier than making his trek to the cemetery in Brooklyn from his mayoral residence of Gracie Mansion in Manhattan.
He visits the world a number of occasions per week for round two hours within the mid-afternoon, in keeping with observations by a Post reporter.
The mayor normally stops on the Muse Café and Tea on Sixth Avenue and twelfth Street in Park Slope for a chew to eat and a beverage earlier than strolling the mile to Green-Wood’s entrance at Fifth Avenue and twenty fifth Street.
Twice this week, he swung by the eleventh Street townhouse he owns to test on renovations to the property forward of his term-limited departure from workplace on the finish of the yr.
On Tuesday, de Blasio arrived on the Muse at 3:15 p.m., the place he sat at an out of doors desk for 20 minutes earlier than getting up and heading to his townhouse. He acquired to Green-Wood at 4:05 p.m. and exited the cemetery at 5:25 p.m.
A Park Slope resident, who gave his title as Ethan M., did a double-take when he noticed the mayor on his stroll Tuesday — and agreed with Manley that Hizzoner might be spending his time higher.
“I wouldn’t expect him to be walking around rather than in an office,” Ethan stated of de Blasio. “It makes me ask questions. ‘What are you doing with your time?’ ”
Once on the cemetery, de Blasio’s typical route takes him up a protracted, meandering hill alongside Battle Avenue, the place he enjoys sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
A cemetery employee advised the Post he sees the mayor “all the time” on the grounds, that are a nationwide historic landmark.
“It’s a sanctuary for everyone, even the mayor,” stated the employee, who famous that Hizzoner is commonly speaking on his telephone via earbuds as his safety element lags 20 toes behind.
Fellow cemetery customer Gregory Godenne stated, “It’s most likely an excellent method for him to replicate and meditate.
“That’s what I do when I come here,” Godenne stated.
A City Hall spokeswoman defended her boss’s leisure exercise, saying he’s making work calls the entire time.
“The mayor has the longest workday possible, which demands he touches all corners of the city,” stated the rep, Danielle Filson.
“If The Post is offended he walks while taking calls, then I guess that’s all you have left to complain about,” she stated.