Bill de Blasio’s January 1 inauguration will be open to the public

You can attend the new mayor’s swearing-in on New Year’s Day, and you can also check out Gracie Mansion at an open house next month

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Bill de Blasio and his family

Bill de Blasio and his family Photograph: © Nancy Siesel/Demotix/Corbis

The new mayor is stepping into office in an uncommonly open fashion. Bill de Blasio will be inaugurated on January 1 in a ceremony open to the public (those with tickets, that is), and he'll stick around City Hall after the noon swearing-in with his wife Chirlane McCray to greet New Yorkers, some of whom will surely be hungover following New Year's Eve festivities.


But the fun doesn't end there. The couple is also hosting an open house of Gracie Mansion, which they will actually be inhabiting, on January 5. That event will be a tour of the historic Upper East Side home, as well as a meet and greet with De Blasio and McCray. Details on sign-ups and tickets have not yet been released; stay tuned for more information, or sign up for updates through Transition 2013.


“From spending hours at City Hall after the swearing-in meeting attendees, to opening up Gracie Mansion for anyone and everyone to attend, Inauguration 2014 promises to be one of the most open and accessible swearing-in events in New York City history,” inauguration chair Gabrielle Fialkoff told the Daily News.


(h/t Brokelyn)



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