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Gracie Mansion Review
The official mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion was built in 1799 by shipping merchant Archibald Gracie, and enlarged in 1966. Tours of the impressive interior—which must be scheduled in advance (by phone or email) and take place under limited hours—take you through the building's history and its colorful rooms furnished over centuries and packed with American objets d'art. Nine mayors have lived here since it became the official residence in 1942, though Michael Bloomberg broke with tradition and chose to stay in his own 79th Street town house during his three terms as mayor. In January 2014, the newly prepped, polished, and spruced up mansion became home to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family. Mayor de Blasio is the first mayor to live in Gracie Mansion since Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. De Blasio's predecessor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, poured millions into renovations at Gracie Mansion without spending a single night there.
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