De Blasio defends exercise at Prospect Park amidst coronavirus epidemic


The mayor of Blasio insisted that even during the coronavirus pandemic, he chose to exercise in Brooklyn Prospect Park – 12 miles from Gracie Mansion – in order to remain an effective leader.

“I’m going to exercise like everyone else,” said the mayor on NY1’s “Inside City Hall”.

“I’m going to my home neighborhood. This is part of what helps me keep working non-stop, “he said. “I’m on a conference call almost all the time. “

Hizzoner was responding to a question from a spectator as to why he went to Brooklyn for a walk in the park when his house on the Upper East Side adjoins acres of parkland by the water.

De Blasio has been spotted – and called on social media – for his recent walks inside Prospect Park with First Lady Chirlane McCray.

The mayor’s favorite gymnasium, the Park Slope YMCA, temporarily closed in March, along with all other state gymnasiums, to help stem the tide of the virus.

Monday evening, he ignored the criticism and defended his cross-borough trips.

“It’s just something we shouldn’t be focusing on. There are much better things to say, “he said.

Municipal parks remained open during the coronavirus epidemic, although some of their components – such as playgrounds and dog racing – were closed. Parking users should maintain a social distance, otherwise they risk a heavy fine of $ 1,000.

De Blasio, trying to rationalize his long-distance walks, said, “My situation is special and I’m here serving people … and I’m just doing something that I think will help me be the most efficient . “


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