2005_04_bloombergdigs.jpgTaking a break from scoping out the candidates' attitudes towards New Yorkers' housing problems (property taxes, rising rents, the lower and middle classes being priced out, etc.), the NY Times looks at the campaign spaces candidates have been renting. Here are the highlights:

Mayor Bloomberg

: $55,000/month for 19,000 square feet near Bryant Park; notable features include flat-screen televisions and great Midtown views
C. Virginia Fields: A basement in her treasurer's West 126th Street brownstone; a campaign worker says, "We have a front room, a back room, a bathroom, and a place to collect all the checks."
Gifford Miller: $6400/month for 2700 square feet on Nassau Street; white cubicles!
Anthony Weiner: Around $3950/month for 2200 square feet on Williams Street
Fernando Ferrer: $5225/month 3,300-square-foot at 14 East 38th Street; rent will kick in 6 weeks after move-in, no deposit required, as the managers are Ferrer supporters

To give the psychoanalysis of this real estate, the Times turned Columbia political science professor Rodolfo de la Garza who said, "If the minority candidates had headquarters that reeked of wealth, it will vitiate their claim that they represent 'the other.' That isn't an issue for Bloomberg; it would be disingenuous of him to have his office in Washington Heights." This reminds of when President Clinton had to move his office from a swank West 57th Street (right next to Carnegie Hall) post-Presidency office to West 125th Street! Quite frankly, we're surprised that Freddy's office are so midtown, and Gothamist would have expected Weiner's team to have built a lean-to and squat somewhere to really promote his underdog status.

And the Observer reports that D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus are shooting a campaign documentary about Freddy Ferrer; we're sure they're hoping he makes it through the primary but Ferrer's at the 40% run-off line, which would make for good drama.

Photograph of the West 40th Street building where Mayor Bloomberg's campaign headquarters is from the NY Times