Bloomberg gives UES mansion a $1.7M facelift

July 25, 2013 11:00AM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is overhauling his Upper East Side mansion before he leaves office next year, the New York Times reported. Bloomberg plans on spending more than $1.7 million to renovate the five-story home at 19 East 79th Street, according to the newspaper, which cited papers filed with the Department of Buildings.

The Beaux-Arts limestone is encased in mesh netting and scaffolding while workers fix the facade and repair the rear of the building’s roof. Crews are also refurbishing the exterior waterproofing system. Inside, the heating and cooling system is being revamped, the Times reported. The work throughout the 12,500-square-foot home includes “welding,” “bolting” and “ductwork,” as well as “the installation of refrigerant piping,” according to records cited by the Times.

A spokesman for Bloomberg, Marc LaVorgna, declined to comment to the Times.

The media mogul-turned-mayor is no stranger to expensive reservations. In the past, Bloomberg has knocked down walls, created vast salons and colonized floors of the adjoining building as they have come available. [NYT]Julie Strickland