Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was spotted strolling the streets of Manhattan, unfazed and unrecognized by the Big Apple bustle around him.
De Blasio, 61, wore blue athletic shorts that fell above the knee, white socks just past his ankles, New Balance sneakers and a blue t-shirt that read “Brooklyn” across the chest.
He also appeared to be wearing a pair of transition glasses. The former mayor was seen walking around town with a frown, just in front of the Empire State Building on Fifth Avenue in Midtown.
Although he mingles with many New Yorkers, not a soul seems to notice the ex-mayor in their presence. De Blasio wore his gray hair in his signature combed-straight style and could be seen crossing a sidewalk.
The sighting comes just as De Blasio is about to begin a fellowship to teach at Harvard University’s Schools of Government and Public Health.
Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was seen walking the streets of Manhattan today, unfazed by the commotion of the Big Apple around him
De Blasio, 61, wore a pair of blue athletic shorts that fell above the knee, white socks just past his ankles, New Balance sneakers and a blue t-shirt that read “Brooklyn” across the chest.
De Blasio announced the position at Harvard last month and tweeted that he was thrilled to teach at the venerable institution.
“I am VERY optimistic about the generation of leaders and activists to come,” he said. “It will be a privilege to offer the lessons I have learned over decades of public service.
“My key message to them: we CAN make bold incremental change. I know it because I lived it.
De Blasio, who served as mayor from 2014 to 2021, will participate in “a variety of discussions, events and programs” at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.
He will also teach leadership and public service courses at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
The former mayor was seen strolling with a frown on Fifth Avenue, directly across from the Empire State Building in Midtown
De Blasio wore his gray hair in his signature combed-over style, and he could be seen crossing a sidewalk. He walked past a Starbucks
The sighting comes just as De Blasio is set to begin a fellowship to teach at Harvard University’s Schools of Government and Public Health
De Blasio and his family will remain in his adopted hometown of Brooklyn, according to the New York Times, but it’s unclear whether he will move part-time to Cambridge, Massachusetts, during his tenure at Harvard.
De Blasio was born in New York, but was raised primarily in Cambridge.
Speaking to The Times last week, he said it would be “nice to spend some time in the town where I grew up”.
The deeply unpopular Democrat took the job with Harvard after announcing he was running for Congress in May, but then dropped out in July when it became clear he had no chance of victory.
After De Blasio announced the scholarship last month, Tucker Carlson laughed at the appointment and said it was “to pay for his weed habit”.
“He tried to run for Congress, but no one wanted to vote for him,” Carlson said, “So what if you’re Bill de Blasio?”
‘You have to pay for your weed habit. Where are you going? Well, there’s a place in America that would hire Bill de Blasio. Harvard University.’
Although he is mingled with many New Yorkers, not a soul seems to notice the ex-mayor next to them.
De Blasio announced with Harvard last month and tweeted that he was delighted to teach at the venerable institution
The progressive politician has long been dogged by online rumors of regular marijuana use, with no evidence. He said he tried it as a teenager, but hadn’t smoked since college. He, however, welcomed the legalization of marijuana in 2021 in New York, after initially opposing it.
His wife, Chirlane McCray, has been open about seeking therapy to try to quit smoking marijuana, and his daughter Chiara said she abused alcohol and marijuana when she was became depressed.
Carlson ridiculed Harvard for hiring de Blasio – who he said “oversaw the resurgence of bubonic plague in New York”.
Carlson said, “You can’t say Bill de Blasio doesn’t do anything.” It only took him eight years and he practically destroyed the largest city in the country.
He added: “It is measurable. De Blasio saw a 65% jump in homelessness. People living on the streets, drug addicts. During the pandemic, he put government bureaucrats over small business owners.
“He forced employees of private companies to take the COVID vaccine and ruined the lives of everyone who resisted. So naturally, one would think that Bill de Blasio would have a successful career as a homeless person himself after his tenure.