De Blasio dusts off La Guardia’s desk

Fiorello La Guardia at his desk. (AP Photo/John Lindsay)
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Mayor Bill de Blasio will use Fiorello La Guardia’s desk, the mayor said at a press conference at One Police Plaza today.

The 6’5” Democrat has long spoken about his admiration for the 5’2" Republican-Liberal LaGuardia, known as the “Little Flower.”

After swearing-in his new police commissioner, de Blasio was asked by a reporter to detail his first morning in office, and if he “personalized” his new workspace in any way.

“I was offered the opportunity to bring Fiorello La Guardia’s desk back into City Hall and I gratefully accepted,” de Blasio said. “So, I am honored that in my office I have the very positive influence of the greatest mayor that this city has ever known.”

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De Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, created a bullpen on the second floor of City Hall, and placed his desk as the center of the large network of desks staffed by his top aides. 

A spokesman for de Blasio, who has suggested he would dismantle the bullpen set-up, did not immediately respond to a question for more details about where de Blasio will be working from, nor about any adjustments that may have been made to the iconic desk.

The desk was also used by three-term Democratic mayor Ed Koch, who said he found it in the hallway at City Hall and decided to use it.

“When I sat at the desk, I couldn’t get my knees under it,” said Koch , who was 6’2”. After calling in a carpenter to help, Koch said the desk was “immensely high and it was not possible to sit behind that desk.”

UPDATE: A spokesman for de Blasio said the desk is located in the mayor's office, which is on the first floor of City Hall.