Skip to comments.The Obamasí Guide to NYC: Why the First Family Should Probably Move to Brooklyn
Posted on 06/03/2014 12:17:12 PM PDT by nickcarraway
When Barack Obama leaves office on January 20, 2017, hell need a new place to live. And like the race to succeed him as president, as absurd as it sounds this far out, theres already a front-runner: According to Politico, Obama just cant 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 wont 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 weve got some ideas.
Lets just go ahead and assume price and co-op boards wont be an issue.
Obamas old place was on East 94th in Yorkville, and as he remembered in Dreams From My Father, it wasnt 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 didnt 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 Bloombergs kingdom. Youve 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 Obamas 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 dont know who youre going to bump into or what theyre going to say, said presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett.
He wont 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, Harlems Red Rooster and Sylvias, and the decidedly less cool Juniors in Brooklyn.)
Using this knowledge, we plugged some assumed facts about what the Obamas will need into New Yorks Nate Silverhelmed Livability Calculator safety, diversity, green space all ranked high; bars and transit low and the results favor lower Manhattan:
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.
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.
Why not Harlem???
President Obama doesn’t like black people, he would never live in Harlem.
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.”
On the other hand, Brooklyn is full of Jews and he HATES Jews with a passion!
Why not Kenya?
Club GITMO would be my choice for where he should go.
As a Chicago area resident, I think that's a great idea.
He’s already ordered the “Office of the ex-President” emblem for his podium.
Not if Slick Willy has anything to say about it :0)
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.
LMAO great post!
Welcome to brooklyn.
Now get out.
He’s already said that he’s staying in Washington. Hopefully not in the same house he’s in today. But who knows?
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.