New York Mayor Eric Adams found to have secret office

New York Mayor Eric Adams reportedly has a previously unreported workspace according to a report by Politico which said the new mayor is “fiercely guarding his privacy” as he acclimates to the demands of the public-facing position. 

Politico reported that the mayor said in January, “I love the water,” about his East River-adjacent mayoral home Gracie Mansion. “You take the water views away, I wouldn’t be in there.”

A spokesperson for the mayor said that he has only been there “less than a handful of times” and was quick to reiterate its proximity to 1 Police Plaza, as part of his administration’s focus on reducing crime in the city. 

The assistant claimed that nobody outside of the local administration worked from the premises but would not comment on whether renovations were made after Adams assumed office or which additional staff members had appeared there.

The Pearl Street address is where Banks mostly works, while Adams occasionally finds refuge there, according to several acquainted with the arrangement who all spoke only on the condition of anonymity. Despite this, Adams’ visits to the covert office have never been noted on his public schedule. Adams and Banks also have easier access to the NYPD thanks to the covert sanctum.

The building is owned by Sabey Data Center Properties and has a parking garage. The website brags that the building has “controlled street and loading dock access” and the arrangement allows the very public figure to come and go unnoticed from his office, which has floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive views. 

“It’s hidden away; cars can’t roll through here,” said one person who works in City Hall. Others remarked on his penchant for privacy, which became a flashpoint in the mayoral campaign last year as POLITICO and other outlets dug up details on his unconventional living situation.

Since political activities like fundraising are not permitted in government buildings, it is typical for mayors to look for locations outside of City Hall. Bill de Blasio occasionally conducted political business in the offices of his former consulting firm, BerlinRosen, during his early tenure as mayor.

Additionally, De Blasio had a reputation for calling contributors from his favorite bar in Brooklyn, Bar Toto, and he frequently directed employees to planning sessions in Gracie Mansion, the official mansion provided to city mayors. According to a former administration official, Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani occasionally met at a City Hall office in the basement to have private meetings about the government. And Bloomberg, a multibillionaire who served as mayor and owned his own home, had plenty of ability to work in places other than his office. 

It’s a-typical for a mayor to have off-site offices for the purpose of business, but Adams already has a number of venues he uses for politicing, including high-end bars and restaurants where he holds meetings and entertains friends and donors.