Bill de Blasio, Chirlane McCray roasted for stroll through Prospect Park
By: Natalie Musumeci (New York Post)
Mayor Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray didn't let coronavirus stop them from traveling 11 miles from Manhattan to Brooklyn's Prospect Park for a leisurely stroll — eliciting outrage from New Yorkers, online video shows.
"Seriously, you guys have a park. You live in the middle of a park. You don't need to non-essentially travel to Brooklyn," Twitter user Darren Goldner says, referencing Carl Schurz Park near Gracie Mansion, in a clip posted to Twitter Saturday.
Hizzoner responds, "C'mon guys give it a break," as he and the first lady continue to walk away.
"I'm not going to give it a break. This is selfish behavior," Goldner shouts to the backs of the mayor and McCray. "This is so terribly selfish. You call yourself a progressive, but you chauffeur yourself to Brooklyn. You force people to drive you."
It's not the first time de Blasio and McCray have been spotted walking in Prospect Park since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Before non-essential businesses like gyms were ordered closed amid the coronavirus crisis, de Blasio regularly made the journey in an SUV motorcade to the nearby Park Slope YMCA from Gracie Mansion.