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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
Editorial cartoon of Bill Roundy by 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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