The Mayor is on the 7 Train.
A tipster spotted de Blasio at around 5:45 p.m. today, onboard a “very crowded” Queens-bound train at the Bryant Park platform. This was in the midst of today’s evening commute madness.
De Blasio has been spotted on the train a few times of late, notably on an uptown C train in June. After that appearance, his office told the Times the Mayor rode the subway in April.
Spotted on the C uptown: @NYCMayor. When asked if any reason for riding, replied “easiest way to get where I’m going.” pic.twitter.com/mUjtSyo2ai
— Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc) June 14, 2017
He was also spotted onboard a 4 train last week:
Mayor riding the subway for 2nd time in 2 days. This time a crowded 4 to brooklyn borough hall pic.twitter.com/aCXy8aXOnB
— Yoav Gonen (@yoavgonen) July 12, 2017
On one hand, these subway photo-ops are pandering to a delay-weary constituency. On the other, that constituency is nearly 5.7 million strong. If those people—your voters—are suffering, shouldn’t you try and share their pain?
Which brings us to the elected official who can actually do a great deal to improve subway service: Governor Andrew Cuomo. He and the mayor were both at a rally to defend the Affordable Care Act earlier on Monday afternoon, but it appears they parted ways.
Maybe we’ll get a tip that Cuomo is on the subway right now — but it seems that the governor’s last subway photo op was on the new stretch of the Second Avenue Subway, before it opened to the public. On New Year’s Eve.
We’ve contacted Cuomo’s office to confirm, and will update if and when we hear back.
Meanwhile, today’s 7 train commute looked like this:
This is not safe @MTA pic.twitter.com/O7f67OGB6O
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) July 17, 2017