The official portrait of Mayor Bloomberg by artist Jon R. Friedman was hung at City Hall this morning and Josh Greenman from the New York Daily News wondered: “What have you done to his eyes?” Tessa Stuart at the Village Voice pointed out there’s a touch of “Radiant orchid!” in there. Hunter Walker at Talking Points Memo had his own thoughts about it: “Bloomberg portrait really not complete without be-fedora'd @stuloeser and sweater clad @howiewolf in the background.”
Speaking of Bloomberg, Michael Barbaro at the New York Times writes that the Cost of Being Mayor is $650 Million, if He’s Rich. Sean Silcoff at Globe and Mail wrote, “Bloomberg wanted the mayor's job so bad, he paid $650M for it. Kind of like being an intern w/more zeros at the end.” Ryan Mac from Forbes explained: “Bloomberg spent $62k over 12 yrs to clean fishtanks weekly. @nytimes says he paid >$650 mil in expenditures as mayor.” Kurt Andersen with Public Radio International added, “Great piece on @MikeBloomberg's $150K-a-day expenditures--but why, @nytimes, don't you link to a line-item ledger?” John McDermott with Digiday shared this quote from the story: "In the past, the city paid its mayor; Mr. Bloomberg paid to be the city’s mayor."