WATCH: Brooklyn resident confronts de Blasio, wife about Prospect Park walks

1010 WINS Newsroom
April 27, 2020 - 3:30 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Brooklyn resident confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray about their "non-essential" travel as they walked in Prospect Park over the weekend, a video posted on Twitter shows. 

    The mayor and his wife have taken flack for traveling from Manhattan to walk in Prospect Park during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that there is a park surrounding Gracie Mansion, where they live. 

    In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, a user who says he lives near Prospect Park can be heard chastising the two for their “non-essential” travel. De Blasio and his wife have been spotted in the park several times since the outbreak began, according to the New York Post

    “Seriously, you guys have a park. You live in the middle of a park. You don’t need to non-essentially travel to Brooklyn,” he says. 

    “C’mon guys, give it a break,” the mayor can be heard responding. 

    “C’mon, you won’t even open roads for people of all backgrounds. I’m not gonna give it a break. This is selfish behavior. This is so terribly selfish,” the Twitter user goes on to say. “You call yourself a progressive but you chauffeur yourself to Brooklyn.” 

    “Sir, sir. Thank you, thank you,” a woman accompanying the mayor and his wife says before the video ends. 

    The video was taken and posted prior to de Blasio’s Monday morning press conference, during which he announced that at least 40 miles of streets throughout the city would soon be closed to vehicular traffic and opened to pedestrians.