‘Selfish Behavior’: New York Mayor and Wife Heckled for Traveling to Brooklyn for Exercise

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray were heckled while walking through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on April 25 for traveling from Manhattan to exercise during the coronavirus pandemic.

In this video, filmed by Darren Goldner, de Blasio and McCray can be seen walking through the park on the Saturday. In the background, Goldner can be heard saying: “Seriously, you guys have a park, you live in the middle of a park. You don’t need to non-essentially travel to Brooklyn.”

At one point, de Blasio can be heard responding, “C’mon guys, give it a break.” Goldner continues to follow the mayor for a brief period while recording, adding: “I’m not going to give it a break, this is selfish behavior. You call yourself a progressive, but you chauffeur yourself to Brooklyn. You force people to drive you.”

De Blasio’s official residence, Gracie Mansion, is located within Carl Schurz Park in Manhattan, however he has reportedly been seen several times walking in Prospect Park, more than 10 miles away, during the city’s COVID-19 lockdown.

The mayor has previously defended his practicing of walking in the park, saying in one interview that he liked to go to his home neighborhood to exercise. "It’s part of what helps me just continue to work nonstop,” he said at the time. Credit: brooklyn_darren via Storyful