City Gets Gussied Up for Date With the Mayor

10.08.09 Will Sherman

graffiti-cleanupBefore Mayor Bloomberg hits the streets, sanitation crews are dispatched to pick up garbage, remove graffiti and generally put an extra shine on the area. NY1 reports that “employees on the city payroll seem to be acting as the mayor’s personal clean-up crew,” giving the neighborhoods a polish that Common Cause likens to Beijing’s massive cleanup for the Olympics: “They just built blank walls where there were slums, so that people didn’t see the slums.” The government watchdog group also questions whether the mayor who gets driven to his preferred subway stop is living in a bubble. |NY1|