After twelve years, it is, at long last, almost the end of Michael Bloomberg's time as mayor. Bill de Blasio will be inaugurated at noon on January 1, in a ceremony he's promised will be "one of the most open and accessible swearing-in events in New York City history," with tickets available to the general public and tours of Gracie Mansion on January 5.
Video still via New York City Campaign Finance Board A 2001 Bloomberg, being gestured at by Democratic opponent Mark Green.
On an icy January morning in 2002, Michael Bloomberg stood on the same City Hall steps de Blasio will occupy next month and made a series of more modest promises. Four months after the September 11 attacks, he paid tribute to those who died on that day, promised to cut the size of government and asked businesses to please, please not leave town.
It was a quiet, modest start to what would become, like it or not, one of the most influential mayoral tenures in the city's history. But as we look back at Bloomberg's ascent to the mayor's office, it's still a bit surprising he made it to those steps at all, given that his first campaign was so uphill it was basically a vertical climb up a glacier with the aid of a pickaxe. To review:More »