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The end of an era happens today.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There is a generation out there- and whether they be youngsters, immigrants, or migrants from other States or Cities- the only Mayor of New York City they’ve ever known is Michael Bloomberg. Like him or hate him, he’s been nothing other than a fact for the last eleven and a half years. Luckily, the likely and chosen successor has not made it through the electoral process to today’s plebiscite, and its time to figure out what we should do next. This is no partisan political post, btw, as I view the political class as little more than employees- which ever side of an imaginary ideological line they happen to stand on.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Arrogant, unapproachable, stubborn, inflexible- all of these are words I’ve heard others use to describe him. Often, municipal employees will go pale and say “This is coming straight out of City Hall” when telling a community group that something they wanted is denied. All in all, it could have been worse. Say the words “Mayor Mark Green” and your blood will turn to ice. The little big man will likely be remembered fondly down the road, as his administration has more profoundly altered the municipal landscape than any Mayor since Lindsay or LaGuardia, and we will be reaping the rewards of the vast infrastructure investments made in the last 11 years for decades.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The likely next Mayor is comically tall, could probably palm a dinner plate, and inherits a raft of issues which even three terms could not solve for the current guy. I like the idea of fresh air blowing through the halls of power, but worry that Park Slope will be coming to City Hall with him. There are mid level officials in power there today who were hired during Giuliani’s first term, and its time for a change in management. Not because they’ve done a bad job- they haven’t- but because de facto corruption festers in long municipal tenancy.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

November 5, 2013 at 11:39 am

St. Pat’s day for all Parade

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Another gargantuan set of photos can be found at flickr, this time from the St. Pat’s Day for all parade in Sunnyside on March 7, 2010. Here’s a few shots for now, as I’m in a bit of a hurry this morning, but we’ve got to talk about the protesters later on- VERRRY Interesting…

Malachy McCourt and Daniel Dromm – photo by Mitch Waxman

Brendan Fay and John Liu – photo by Mitch Waxman

Irish Traditional Dance – photo by Mitch Waxman

Joseph Crowley – photo by Mitch Waxman

Christine Quinn and Michael R. Bloomberg – photo by Mitch Waxman

Just how tall is Bill de Blasio, anyway? – photo by Mitch Waxman

Christine Quinn and Moppet – photo by Mitch Waxman

A great dog – photo by Mitch Waxman

Protester – photo by Mitch Waxman

I’ll be talking about these folks in some depth in a post this evening, which you will not want to miss (come into my house, from a Brazilian right wing cult, and think that the Newtown Pentacle won’t notice- HA). In the meanwhile, the entire photoset is up at flickr, and can be accessed by clicking here.

Lots of politicians and dignitaries, and if you attended, I swept the crowd a few times. Here’s a link to the whole shebang in a slideshow.

Written by Mitch Waxman

March 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

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