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The Obamasí Guide to NYC: Why the First Family Should Probably Move to Brooklyn
New York Magazine ^ | June 3, 2014 | Joe Coscarelli

Posted on 06/03/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When Barack Obama leaves office on January 20, 2017, he’ll need a new place to live. And like the race to succeed him as president, as absurd as it sounds this far out, there’s already a front-runner: According to Politico, Obama just can’t stop talking about moving back to New York City, where he lived as a young dreamer in the early ‘80s. “I just desperately want to take a walk through Central Park again, and just remember what that feels like,” the president reminisced at a fund-rasier in 2012.

But his life after the White House won’t be all philosophizing in grimy apartments like the first time around. As an ex-president with an active wife, high-school-age daughter, two dogs, and vague plans to start something like the Clinton Global Initiative, Obama will need to find a new niche in a much different city than the one he knew as a poor Columbia student. The options are plentiful, but we’ve got some ideas.

Let’s just go ahead and assume price — and co-op boards — won’t be an issue.

Obama’s old place was on East 94th in Yorkville, and as he remembered in Dreams From My Father, it wasn’t pretty:

It was an uninviting block, treeless and barren, lined with soot-colored walk-ups that cast heavy shadows for the rest of the day. The apartment was small, with slanting floors and irregular heat and a buzzer downstairs that didn’t work, so that visitors had to call ahead from a pay phone at the corner gas station, where a black Doberman the size of a wolf paced through the night in vigilant patrol, its jaws clamped around an empty beer bottle.

Sure, he could move back — there are luxury high-rises around now — but the Upper East Side is Michael Bloomberg’s kingdom. You’ve got to give him his space.

As a junior in college, Obama tried the west side, in a two-bedroom at 109th Street. A bit south of there could be an option: Massive buildings like 15 Central Park West, home of Lloyd Blankfein, Sting, and many more bold-face names, promise privacy, space for chauffeurs, and of course the park. But even for a president, the Upper West Side seems a bit stuffy. And it could get awkward with the bankers.

They have these in the suburbs, too.Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Sparking Obama’s rekindled affair with the idea of the city, aides say, was his trip earlier this year to the Gap in midtown, of all places. “What he cherishes and misses is the serendipity — you don’t know who you’re going to bump into or what they’re going to say,” said presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett.

He won’t really get that in midtown. But, duly noted: He likes stores and serendipity! (Also good food, having eaten at hip spots like Blue Hill and ABC Kitchen, Harlem’s Red Rooster and Sylvia’s, and the decidedly less cool Junior’s in Brooklyn.)

Using this knowledge, we plugged some assumed facts about what the Obamas will need into New York’s Nate Silver–helmed Livability Calculator — safety, diversity, green space all ranked high; bars and transit low — and the results favor lower Manhattan:


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: brooklyn; newyorkcity; obama

1 posted on 06/03/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He’s staying in Washington. If the GOP wins the presidency, he will declare himself “President Emeritus” and the press will actually cover him as if he were the real president.


2 posted on 06/03/2014 12:20:02 PM PDT by GOP Congress
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To: nickcarraway

Very likely.

I can see Baraq doing a lot of television, maybe a regular on PMSNBC. The guy HAS to be all over the media.

Also MooseChelle can pull a Hillary and do the senator thing prepping for her POTUS run in 2025.


3 posted on 06/03/2014 12:20:33 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nickcarraway

Why not Harlem???


4 posted on 06/03/2014 12:22:48 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: nickcarraway

No extradition?


5 posted on 06/03/2014 12:23:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

President Obama doesn’t like black people, he would never live in Harlem.


6 posted on 06/03/2014 12:24:06 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Next stop--Willoughby? TWIlight zone Willoughby photo: a Stop at Willoughby a-stop-at-Willoughby.jpg Bam's gonna snap.
7 posted on 06/03/2014 12:24:06 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: GOP Congress

His media and his party will still consider him to still be the president. IF he leaves after his term is up.
Don’t forget, “never let a crisis go to waste.”


8 posted on 06/03/2014 12:24:42 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: nickcarraway

On the other hand, Brooklyn is full of Jews and he HATES Jews with a passion!


9 posted on 06/03/2014 12:30:07 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Why not Kenya?


10 posted on 06/03/2014 12:30:55 PM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: nickcarraway

Club GITMO would be my choice for where he should go.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 12:31:55 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: nickcarraway
Why the First Family Should Probably Move to Brooklyn

As a Chicago area resident, I think that's a great idea.

12 posted on 06/03/2014 12:31:58 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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13 posted on 06/03/2014 12:35:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: GOP Congress

He’s already ordered the “Office of the ex-President” emblem for his podium.


14 posted on 06/03/2014 12:37:20 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: GOP Congress
He’s staying in Washington. If the GOP wins the presidency, he will declare himself “President Emeritus” and the press will actually cover him as if he were the real president.

Not if Slick Willy has anything to say about it :0)

15 posted on 06/03/2014 12:40:16 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
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It may be wishful thinking, but he and his wife crave a return to a life in which they can stroll into a CVS or down the street without fanfare.

So he won't stand out, he can recruit his post-Presidency Secret Service detail from the Muslim Brotherhood. Then he'll just look like another hip-hop star.

16 posted on 06/03/2014 12:42:13 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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LMAO great post!


17 posted on 06/03/2014 12:43:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: nickcarraway

Welcome to brooklyn.

Now get out.


18 posted on 06/03/2014 12:53:34 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: nickcarraway

He’s already said that he’s staying in Washington. Hopefully not in the same house he’s in today. But who knows?


19 posted on 06/03/2014 1:16:00 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: nickcarraway

Doesn’t matter what you desperately want.

You will never walk through Central Park again.

You will be a former president and they don’t casually do anything.


20 posted on 06/03/2014 1:30:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
On the other hand, Brooklyn is full of Jews and he HATES Jews with a passion!

He's okay with the Elena Kagan types. But yes, hewon't like the Orthodox section by the Williamsburg Bridge.
21 posted on 06/03/2014 1:40:21 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: nickcarraway

I read there is a fire sale on Cul de Sacs in Hell. Or Biden may lease his income producing property to O,taking it away from miltary use.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 2:09:12 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: nickcarraway

... because there just aren’t enough unemployed hipsters hanging out in Brooklyn coffee shops ...


23 posted on 06/03/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT by x
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To: AZLiberty
As soon as this stupid plaque showed up six years ago, I knew we were gonna be dealing with a totally narcissistic pukeface....


24 posted on 06/03/2014 2:19:40 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: 17th Miss Regt

On the other hand, Brooklyn is full of Jews and he HATES Jews with a passion!
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I was last in Brooklyn in 2007 ,,, full of Arabs ,, saw 3 shops in just a few blocks that had burka’s in their windows.. The other prevalent group were old people who cannot afford their property taxes and are being forced out.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 3:54:43 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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