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A Round and a Roundy: How Mayor Grinch Stole Pedestrian Safety

12:03 AM EST on November 4, 2019

How our cartoonist originally played the Rockefeller Center story. Cartoon: Bill Roundy

Editorial cartoonist Bill Roundy
Editorial cartoonist Bill Roundy

This week, our editorial cartoonist Bill Roundy, was inspired by Mayor de Blasio's decision to delay — and perhaps kill altogetherhis own Department of Transportation's plan to give pedestrians more space near Rockefeller Center during the Yuletide season.

Since the plan would have helped ease the so-called "Christmas Crush" around the famous tree in front of 30 Rock, Roundy decided to play the Grinch angle to the fullest.

But that left us with an idea for a song (apologies to  Theodor Seuss Geisel):

You're a Mean One, Mr. Mayor

(To the tune of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch")

You're a mean one, Mr. Mayor
You really are unreal
You shredded safety programs
People's strolling space you steal
Mr. Mayor
You've got no control over Commissioner O'Neill

You're a Boomer, Mr. Mayor
Your heart loves only cars
Your brain can't stay in focus
Your soul is a cash bar
Mr. Mayor
The four words we can't wait to say to you are
"Go," "Leave," and "Au revoir."

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