Well, the day is rapidly approaching, like a snowball rolling down a mountain and growing cartoonishly larger: Bill de Blasio will be inaugurated as our 109th mayor on January 1. Will you be hungover? Yes, almost definitely. But if there’s anything to roll out of bed and throw on a pair of sunglasses for, it’s the chance to stand in the cold and watch de Blasio, public advocate Letitia James and comptroller Scott Stringer take their oaths of office on the steps of City Hall. And now you can do that, because de Blasio is making inauguration tickets available to the general public, like some kind of people’s inauguration.
According to de Blasio, this is the first time in recent memory that the inauguration has been opened to everyday slobs like you and me. But of course it is when you use the memory hole to rewrite the past. The inauguration is at noon on January 1, which should give you some time to shake off that hangover or get yourself back to a civilized level of drunkenness in time to attend. And then after the ceremony, Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray will hang around greeting everyone, so you can maybe ask Bill where he spent his New Year’s. Anyway, the exact details on how the tickets will be released to the public aren’t out yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we hear. You can also sign up for updates at the Transition 2013 website.
If New Year’s Day is a bad day for you to meet the mayor (and we totally get that it would be) de Blasio and McCray have also said that they’re opening up their new public housing digs at Gracie Mansion to New Yorkers of all stripes on Sunday January 5 at noon. Whether that will turn into an Andrew Jackson-style party we can’t say, but we can hope it does! You can get tickets for that one here.