Presidential concession stage for de Blasio appears outside Park Slope YMCA

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A prankster set the stage for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential concession speech outside hizzoner’s go-to Park Slope gym.

A large white poster, supposedly signed by de Blasio, reading “I’m dropping out” appeared outside the Park Slope YMCA on Ninth Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, where the mayor notoriously travels for his morning workout — despite living 12 miles away in Gracie Mansion.

The sign was surrounded by balloons and a microphone, giving de Blasio everything he would need to end his fledgling White House bid.

After failing to register above 2 percent in four qualifying polls, the mayor missed the necessary requirements to appear on the upcoming Democratic primary debate stage on Sept. 12, making his heavily derided, long-shot candidacy even more likely to fail.

And where the mayor of New York City failed to qualify for the debates, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana — population 102,245 — Pete Buttigieg succeeded, despite representing about 84 times less constituents.

Many New Yorkers have called on the mayor to throw in the towel and focus on his current job — but de Blasio has remained undaunted, pushing ahead in his quest to capture the Democratic nomination and defeat incumbent President Donald Trump.

“I argue that things can happen so quickly nowadays, a single moment can change everything,” de Blasio said at an unrelated press conference late last month. “I believe that as the message gets out, more and more people are going to buy into it.

Hizzoner may not have seen the signs, as he spent his morning away from the gym — instead visiting schools in Staten Island, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Bronx, according to the Mayor’s public schedule.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Posted 12:00 am, September 6, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Local from Here says:
Don't give up Bill! You're our only hope to get this country back from the alt right bigots and to reverse all the damage that orange monkey has done.
Sept. 6, 2019, 7:05 am
Slamdonkwa Jones from East New York says:
Ha! They’re gonna feel really dumb when he wins !!!
Sept. 6, 2019, 7:21 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The only thing that could make de Blasio likable would be accepting this joke and using this setup.
Sept. 6, 2019, 7:49 am
jerry krase from park slope says:
Bill got more positive media coverage running for POTUS than running NYC; for good reason.
Sept. 6, 2019, 7:52 am
LaQwerty Jones from #Blexit says:
Bill please help us bring back ISIS and Minority unemployment! Please help keep the borders wide open cause I desperately want my tax money to go to feed and house everybody except Black Americans. Please Bill I want more quality items made in China! Bill I know you could destroy our relationship with North Korea too cause I miss nuclear war tension so much! Help us Bill because the world is ending in 12 years!
Sept. 6, 2019, 8:07 am
Local from Here says:
Bill needs to concede and come home and bring the cycling maniacs to heel. License and regulate these psychos on wheels now!
Sept. 6, 2019, 8:11 am
Bob from G. B. says:
Oh no, Bill, don't concede your run for president. That was my last hope of getting rid do you and the damage you're doing to New York City.
Sept. 6, 2019, 9:52 am
LaQwerty Jones from #Blexit says:
Bill please help us get rid of the nigers and spix!
Sept. 6, 2019, 10:20 am
Larry Penner from Great Neck says:
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for President belongs in the comics section. Democrats Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio have a lot in common with the late Republicans Governor Nelson Rockefeller (1959 - 1974) and NYC Mayor John Lindsay (1966 - 1973) along with Governor George Pataki (1995 -2006) and NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (1994 - 2001). The same is true for the late Democrat Governor Mario Cuomo (1983 - 1992) and NYC Mayor Ed Koch (1978-1988). Nelson Rockefeller, George Pataki, Mario Cuomo and son Andrew Cuomo deal with Mayors who want equal billing on the political marque. Lindsay's urban, Koch's Big Apple, Giuliani's safety/quality of life and de Blasio's progressive agenda is dependent upon both increased state and federal assistance. de Blasio envisions himself as the national spokesperson for progressive Mayors from all cities. This conflicts with Governors who have to worry about all 62 counties making up New York State. It also creates problems for both Cuomo and de Blasio who harbor Presidential ambitions in 2020. Cuomo like his father Mario, Rockefeller and Pataki, de Blasio like Lindsay and Guiliani will never come close to winning any primaries let alone occupy the White House. Better to spend your time packing for moving back to your old Park Slope Brooklyn home when your term ends in December 2021.
Sept. 6, 2019, 11:13 am
Local from Here says:
Bill needs to come home and bring the racist trump base maniacs to heel. Euthanize these overweight psychos on hoverounds now!
Sept. 6, 2019, 11:17 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
It's wrong to make fun of the disabled so I won't. In case you haven't noticed, our "mayor" has a severe thinking disorder.
Sept. 6, 2019, 1:04 pm
Tooney from Staten Island says:
Typical arrogance from Brooklyn! He is the mayor of ALL New York! He is going to make his acceptance speech on Staten Island! He says the trash dump makes him feel at home (like all the Brooklyn trash he left behind).
Sept. 7, 2019, 12:32 pm
Felicia from East New York says:
If he becomes president, he will have to reveal his real name!! Herr Comrade Wilhelm von Warren von Hitler! No one will vote for president Hitler!
Sept. 8, 2019, 6:07 am

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