Leftwing METAPHOR?


The party’s over at the mayor’s house.

The annual gala that raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to benefit Gracie Mansion disappeared after Bill de Blasio became mayor. (Z:  That’d be the annual gala that made it unnecessary to go into city coffers to keep this grand old house alive)

As a result, donations to the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, charged with maintaining and preserving the historic property, dropped by 90 percent last year, its latest tax filings show.

The nonprofit took in only $67,567 in contributions in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, down from $641,140 the year before. Most of the 2013 revenue came from the annual spring gala.

It got another $67,092 in revenue last year from tours of the Upper East Side mansion, a program that has been on hold since de Blasio and his family took up residence there in July 2014.   (Z; TOURS STOPPED BECAUSE DE BLASIO LIVED THERE FOR A WHILE… THEY WERE NOT STOPPED FOR THE GIULIANIS, WHO WELCOMED THE HISTORICAL ASPECT AS IT’S NOT REALLY THEIR HOUSE, IT’S NEW YORK’S, ISN’T IT)

With the drop in revenue, upkeep of the 1799 manse took a big hit. The conservancy spent just $143,634 on restoration and maintenance last year, down from $928,429 the previous year, according to its tax filings.

The conservancy doled out $67,183 in salaries, including $19,780 to director Meredith Horsford for her two months at the helm of the nonprofit in the last fiscal year.

Horsford resigned in December citing family obligations. She was replaced this month by Paul Gunther, a former executive at the New-York Historical Society.

The conservancy didn’t pull in enough money last year to cover its expenses, which totaled $404,201. It made up the gap from a $2 million reserve fund.


“There are currently no Gracie Mansion programs requiring outside funding. For potential programs or initiatives moving forward, there will be corresponding fund-raising,” said the spokesman, Peter Kadushin.

He said current roof repair and asbestos removal at the home were being paid out of city funds allocated during Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s administration. (Z; THE LIBERAL MAYOR IS RELIANT ON WHAT WAS THE CONSERVATIVE MAYOR (AT THE TIME)’S ABILITY TO RAISE PRIVATE FUNDING) 

Bloomberg didn’t live at the mansion, preferring his Upper East Side town house but spent millions of dollars of his own money to restore the property. (Z; SURE, HE ..AND YES, I KNOW BLOOMBERG ID’S WITH DEMOCRATS NOW…MIGHT NOT LIVE THERE BUT HE SAW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HISTORY OF THIS HOUSE AND HELPED ON HIS OWN)

He hosted the annual gala for the conservancy for many years. The parties typically featured food from such tony city restaurants as Nobu and Le Bernardin and attracted boldfaced names.

When de Blasio and his family moved into Gracie Mansion last year, they packed away some of its historic furnishings in favor of more contemporary pieces donated by West Elm. The Brooklyn-based company provided $65,000 worth of goods. (Z;  PACKED AWAY HISTORIC FURNISHINGS?  IT’S THE PEOPLES’ HOUSE…THAT HISTORY IS THEIRS!)

The city installed a higher privacy fence around the property after sources told The Post the mayor was tired of gawkers.  (Z;  THAT SEEMS TO ME TO BE PART OF THE DEAL WHEN YOU’RE IN PUBLIC LIFE;  SO HE’S PROHIBITING PEOPLE TO ‘GAWK’?  BY THE WAY, CAN’T YOU SEE THROUGH A FENCE~!?)

Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his family lived at Gracie Mansion, and his wife, Donna Hanover, chaired the conservancy board.  (end of article)

Z:  I felt sad as I read because it seems like that old house, with such a history, is so important to New Yorkers and that to move historical furniture out and put a fence around it which apparently limits the ‘gawking’ of the people who own the house, and then to rely not on private funding but probably go to tax payer money as conditions demand?  Seemed like such a metaphor for me of how the beauty of our past and our traditions and holding lovely events is going away…..so sad.   Yes, I know many leftwingers, and even some rightwingers, don’t like the inference of the ‘nobless oblige,’ of the wealthy, but is it really that, and isn’t socializing on an upper level, particularly to keep ‘fundraising’ away from tax coffers, still allowed?  Agree?


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18 Responses to Leftwing METAPHOR?

  1. Kind of a pattern there how progressives and ISIS both treat historical items and history itself!

  2. Mustang says:
    New York is crumbling under the idiot De Blasio —why should the historic mansion be any different? Looking back over the past twelve years, noting how New Yorkers thought it was okay to build a mosque at ground zero, how they repudiated the good work achieved by Giuliani and replaced him with two socialist fat cats, it is hard for me to produce any empathy for those people at all. None. Zip. Nada.
  3. Baysider says:

    Ditto Mustang.

  4. Lisa says:

    And the sad part is the voters who support these empty suits will keep voting for them just to listen to their empty rhetoric.

  5. geeez2014 says:

    Dennis, EXACTLY my point…thanks for that.

    Mustang…I believe many hate that Gracie Mansion stands there being abused by their new horrible gov’t. I can’t help but know that de Blasio detests anything stately, anything grand, anything that represents American history…….and that many New Yorkers feel the same.

    Lisa…exactly. Isn’t it amazing? THAT is the demographic they can always count on; here, in California and in NYC, and all over this country…the empty rhetoric believers…as long as they get their Obama phone and free health care…which, by the way, is REALLY expensive! 🙂

  6. John M. Berger says:

    I’ve been to New York City a few times. The highlight(s) of each visit was watching it get smaller as I ascended into the air or viewing it in my rearview mirror!

  7. cube says:

    I grew up in Manhattan. I don’t think we ever really leave a place where we’ve lived so it really burns me when I read about deBlase and Doomberg ruining what Giuliani built. The electorate gets what it votes for and these last two mayors are a crying shame.

  8. geeez2014 says:

    John,I haven’t been in New York in many years but have always loved it when I was there…I know that sentiment isn’t shared by all!

    Cube, a Conservative who grew up in Manhattan. Bravo, girl! Yes, these 2 last mayors have ruined all the good Giuliani built and leftwingers are still saying, for example, that Stop and Frisk didn’t work, when all the stats show otherwise.

    We’re living in a somewhat ‘altered universe’ these days and statistics don’t seem to matter. And gut instincts don’t matter. And I think that’s scary.

  9. John M. Berger says:

    I sort of knew that my comment wouldn’t win a popularity contest-LOL!

  10. geeez2014 says:

    John, no…I know other people who hate NYC! I thought you put it in a very clever way! Thanks!

  11. John M. Berger says:

    That’s not to include the beautiful State of New York, just the rude and suffocating environment of its southern most appendage. Now, in all fairness, I never got to experience the Giuliani version of it.

  12. I’m with John. I’ve been to New York several times and leave there under whelmed! They are so jealous of the West Coast cities, including L.A., San Fran & Vegas and they don’t even try to hide it.
    As far as I’m concerned, if they were to give the U.S. an enema, that’s where they would stick it!

  13. geeez2014 says:

    I’m pretty sure I haven’t been to NYC(other than the airport which I saw WAY too much of for too long) in about 25 years now! I can’t believe it, but I think that’s the case.
    We always got to stay at wonderful hotels and ate at great restaurants…usually, it was business. And I met terrific Conservative lawyers, etc. I loved it. I like the energy. I love the art museums.

    Probably different today; but, let’s face it, people who live there in the nicer neighborhoods love living in NYC.

  14. geeez2014 says:

    ANYWAY!: I really thought the story of this old house was SUCH a metaphor….the new lib mayor comes in, moves out history, cancels lovely gatherings by which the house improved through the private funding, will turn to taxes again, instead, when he needs the money.

    I think, come to think of it, it’s almost like that house stands for America.

  15. Yes. I am talking about NYC itself, not upstate NY. We stayed in Manhattan and its a crowded mess. We drove to North to Connecticut to eat dinner overlooking the water. Its not that far, like 20 minutes if memory has it right, and it was much less hectic. Stamford, Conn. I believe.

  16. Bob says:

    If the citizens of the city of New York treasure their history, then let them deal with DeBlasio. Reap what you sow.

  17. Reminds me of a thrid world dictator commandeering the home of a wealthy businessman he’s had executed.

  18. geeez2014 says:

    Ed, that’s a kind of brilliant analogy because de Blasio has certainly killed wealth in NYC; just what he always wanted, I’m sure.

    Mal…no, we’re talking about New York City. Upstate is lovely. Much of New York is.
    I have cousins in Stamford, Ct.

    Bob; that’s how I feel about California. Our elections are SO close most of the time and still people slam us for being SO LIBERAL. Same as NYC…..Conservatives are trying, but the free goodies are intoxicating..so they lose to the Dem.

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