Mayor DeBlasio said he would move his family to Gracie Mansion, but they are still on 11th Street

Cop shack shock on DeBlasio’s block

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The mayor’s new guardhouse has already landed him in the doghouse.

A mini-police fortress installed on the road in front of Mayor DeBlasio’s Park Slope townhouse (at left) is the latest in a series of heavy-duty security measures that has some neighbors eager to see the First Family pack up and leave already.

“It is an eyesore,” seethed next-door neighbor Lourdes Leong, referring to the security shack. “I thought he already moved to Gracie Mansion — why does it take so long?”

The Sloper-in-chief announced on Dec. 12 that he and his family would make the move from their three-story pad to the city-owned mansion in Manhattan, but has not yet declared a date for the big schlep, leaving neighbors to deal with frequent closures of the 11th Street block between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, a constant media presence, and, since Thursday, the loss of two parking spaces to the new hut.

The parking space erasure worsens an already-nightmarish situation for car owners, Leong said.

The police booth is equipped with picture windows on all four sides and comes with a 24-hour sentinel. Security cameras also went up outside the DeBlasio abode last week, according to another longtime neighbor who is less bothered by all the hubbub.

“In a way, it is a good thing,” said Alan Emdin, who lives four doors down.

Police headquarters did not return repeated calls for comment on such burning questions as where the guard goes to the bathroom.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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