Security Fence Erected Around Gracie Mansion, Blocks View of Mayor's Home - NBC New York

Security Fence Erected Around Gracie Mansion, Blocks View of Mayor's Home

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    Security Fence Erected Around Gracie Mansion, Blocks View of Mayor's Home

    A tall security fence has been erected at Gracie Mansion, obscuring New Yorkers' views of the iconic mayoral home. Contessa Brewer reports. (Published Friday, Dec. 12, 2014)

    A tall security fence has been erected at Gracie Mansion, obscuring New Yorkers' views of the iconic mayoral home. 

    The large white picket fence is was put up inside an existing brick and iron fence that also circles the Yorkville home and keeps people visiting neighboring Carl Schurz Park from seeing the house's lawn and porch.

    Rebecca Katz, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office, said the fence was erected at the suggestion of de Blasio's security detail and other NYPD officials after recent fence-jumping incidents at the White House in Washington, D.C.

    Mayor de Blasio and his wife, who moved into the home earlier this year, have called Gracie Mansion "The People's House."

    De Blasio is the first mayor to reside in the Gracie Mansion in more than 12 years. His predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, decided to stay in his East 79th Street townhouse while in office.

    The home is on the National Register of Historic Places, but the landmark distinction only applies to the mansion itself, not the fence and yard that surrounds it.

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