It Cribs: 2021 New York City Mayoral Race Edition.
City Hall candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams invited the press to his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant after breakfast and a tour. a political report suggested that he actually lives in New Jersey.
“Welcome to my humble home. I moved here in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 20 years ago,” Adams said Wednesday in front of the four-story brick house on Lafayette Avenue.
He also joked that other missions would have easily revealed if he was not a resident of the city and that he should have offered his rivals coffee and donuts from a spy.
“How stupid would someone have to be to run for Mayor of New York City and live in another municipality? It’s 101 that someone is going to follow you from another campaign,” he said.
Politico reported that Rival campaigns viewed Adams arrives at his Borough Hall office near midnight and several times in the past week has not left until the next morning. Adams said that’s because he was busy working on his city president’s duties after running his mayoral campaign.
Adams also co-owns a cooperative apartment in Fort Lee, NJ with his significant other, but said that the Brooklyn Row House is his primary residence. He said he saw his partner on Saturday for the first time in two months.
“I didn’t see him at all during Kovid,” Adams said.
Adams’ 25-year-old son Jordan joined him at the press conference.
Shedding tears, the mayor candidate said that how can someone shot his car windows Two days after Jordan was brought home as a newborn. Adams, a retired NYPD captain, has said he believes he was targeted by a fellow officer for trying to diversify the department from within.
Adams wiped away tears remembering how he missed his son’s many football games and birthdays because he was too busy with work. He said he never told his colleagues that he had a son to keep them safe.
The Brooklyn Poll gave nearly a dozen journalists from the city’s top news outlets tours of the two floors they call home. The other floors of townhouses are rental units, he said. The proceeds paid for his son’s education at American University, Adams said.
Adams said he did not report rental income on his tax return Because he got bad advice from an accountant and has switched to a new CPA.
“It’s not a Park Avenue address, so if you’re expecting to see this fancy, laid-back penthouse apartment, no. I’m a blue-collar guy. I just have a humble space,” he said.
The unit’s front door leads into a basement-level or garden floor apartment with an open layout that includes a living area, kitchen, and small bathroom on the side.
Adams’ bedroom is underground, at the bottom of a flight of narrow, creaking stairs. Personal belongings, including dusty sets of golf clubs and several pairs of sneakers, sit along the walls in small, stale bedrooms.
Upstairs are mementos from a 21-day international trip that Adams took with his son from Thailand, including a statue of the sitting Buddha. A circle is covered with photographs, including one of Adams’ mother. Books, including a “Dummy Guide to Golf” and an illustrated Bible dictionary, crowd the shelves.
Two neighbors testify that Adam is a regular on the block.
“I see him a lot,” said David Goodman, who lives two doors down from Adams. “Eric is a wonderful neighbor. He is pleasant. He is stable.”
Another homeowner on the block, Lionel Conway, told reporters he sees Adams “every now and then.”
“I went inside his house. He has come to my house,” Conway said.