Eric Adams might want to call New York City‘s Ghostbusters after claiming Gracie Mansion – the official mayoral residence – is haunted and that it isn’t ‘cool enough’ for him and his family.
The 61-year-old Democrat made the statement on Tuesday during an interview with play-by-play commentator Michael Kay and ex-professional baseball player-turned-analyst Cameron Maybin on the YES Network after pitching the first ball of the game between the Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Big Apple’s mayor, wearing a Bronx Bomber’s pinstripe jersey and a navy blue hat with white NY letters, was booed by team fans when his name was announced around Yankee Stadium before he walked onto the field.
Sitting along the two other men later in the press box, Adams shared his knowledge on America’s pastime, his ‘STOP GUN VIOLENCE’ blazer at the MET Gala, gun crime, the city’s recovery plan from COVID and his residence, located on East End Avenue at East 88th Street in Yorkville.
Mayor Eric Adams (centers) talks about ghosts inside Gracie Mansion -the official residence of the New York City Mayor – from the press box of Yankees stadium during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday
Adams said ghosts have been ‘creeping around’ Gracie Mansion since he took over the home from Bill de Blasio on January 1, 2002. Pictured: Adams throwing the first pitch on Tuesday before the state of the MLB game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays
Gracie Mansion is the official residence of the Mayor of New York City. Completed in 1799, it is located in Carl Schurz Park, at East End Avenue and 88th Street in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan
Asked if it was cool to live there, Adams said of the matter: ‘No, it’s not. Trust me. Trust me,’ before adding: ‘And I don’t care what anyone says, there are ghosts in there, man’
‘I know the mayor of New York lives in Gracie Mansion. That doesn’t seem cool enough for you,’ announcer Michael Kay told Adams live on-air.
‘No, it’s not. Trust me. Trust me,’ Mayor Adams replied without hesitation. ‘And I don’t care what anyone says, there are ghosts in there, man,’ he further said.
‘We just had a conversation about ghosts yesterday,’ Cameron Maybin intervenes and says, adding: ‘I’ve been in some haunted buildings in my life. I’m not interested in revisiting those.’
Kay, the game’s main commentator, then quizzes the mayor on whether he’s ever heard a ghost wandering around the Upper East Side mansion since taking office on January 1, 2022.
‘All the time, man. All the time,’ Mayor Adams responds.
‘You hear footsteps and all types of stuff?’ Maybin then asks in more detail.
‘Listen, they’re creeping around,’ the Mayor warned them.
An interior room at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence since 1942, except between 2002-2013, when Michael Bloomberg was the NYC mayor
‘All the time, man. All the time,’ Mayor Adams said in reaction to being asked if he hears ghosts walking around the traditional residence
The daughter-in-law of the Gracie Mansion’s architect – Archibald Gracie – died of apoplexy at the home in 1819 and her ghost is rumored to be moving around the house. Pictured: Elizabeth Stoughton Wolcott-Gracie, who lived between 1795 and 1819
The master bedroom in Gracie Mansion, where Adams and his family live since the beginning of the year after being elected as the new mayor in 2021
The dining room at at the five-bedroom residence, built at the end of the 18th century and seized by the government in 1899
One story told about the 223-year-old mansion is that its haunted by Elizabeth Walcott-Gracie, the daughter-in-law of the home’s architect, Archibald Gracie. She died at the residence in 1819 from apoplexy.
Chirlane McCray, wife of former NYC mayor Bill de Blasio, once said during an interview with Metro US in 2017 that she never saw the woman’s ghost but ‘there are times when doors open and close by themselves and the floorboards creak as though someone is walking through the rooms.’
Gracie Mansion was initially built in 1799 as a country home overlooking Hells Gate channel along the East River, a couple of miles above what was then considered the New York City’s northern edge.
The house was then seized by the government in 1896 after a few families lived in the household. It was incorporated into Carl Schurz Park and is now one of the few attractions in the neighborhood of Yorkville in the Upper East Side.
The 214-year-old mansion in Schultz Park has served as the official residence for New York City mayors since the middle of World War Two (1942), overlooking the East River
From 1924 until 1936, the mansion housed the Museum of the City of New York, and from 1936 until 1942, it was shown as a historical house.
In 1942, former New York public official Robert Moses convinced then-Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia to appropriate the house as a mayoral residence.
No city public figure lived at Gracie Mansion after Rudy Giuliani left office in 2001 until 2013. Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained in his lavish Upper East Side town house during his 12-year administration between 2002 and 2013, although he did use the mansion for meetings and renovated it, before Bill de Blasio took office.
Its main two floors are open to the public on a limited basis for guided tours and serve as a small museum.
The residence was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Source: Daily Mail