Yes, he has seen "Hamilton." But since his inauguration two years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio has not visited the Museum of Modern Art. He has not attended a Nets or Knicks game. He has not been to the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the P.S. 1 art center in Queens, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx or the Metropolitan Opera — although he did see a movie at Lincoln Center once. He has never visited the High Line, the renowned elevated park on the Far West Side of Manhattan. In 2014, he skipped a ceremony for the opening of its final portion. Instead, that day he drove six hours to Pittsburgh to attend a baseball game. Asked recently when he last visited Central Park, the mayor replied, "I'll have to get back to you." Mayors of New York have long considered themselves the city's cheerleaders in chief, making frequent appearances at its major institutions and promoting the world-class cultural offerings and only-in-New-York attractions that lure millions of tourists from around the world — and persuade New Yorkers that it's worth putting up with tiny apartments and high rents just for a chance to live nearby…. Read full this story
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