After steering clear of subway stop meet-and-greets since the primary earlier this month, Democratic candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio is back on the street, and at a campaign stop in Harlem Thursday, New Yorkers lined up to shake his hand.
Now that he is the front-runner, Bill de Blasio is running a different kind of campaign than the one New Yorkers saw in the primary, one in which de Blasio is spending less time out in public with regular New Yorkers.
For the first time since the primary, which was more than two weeks ago, Bill de Blasio was at a subway stop Thursday, shaking the hands of New York City voters.
It is how he spent much of his time during the Democratic primary, but now that he enjoys a wide lead over his Republican rival, de Blasio is not out in public nearly as much.
"We've had, obviously a period of reset in this race," he said. "First, we weren't sure whether there was going to be a runoff or not. Now, we are getting ready for a very vigorous general election campaign. And you'll be seeing, as you know, Grace, you were there for months and months when I did lots of subways and street corners and many other places in this city, you're going to be seeing a lot more from this point on."
So far, though, his days have been largely spent away from the press corps and away from the everyday New Yorkers who lined up in Harlem to shake his hand. In some cases, people sought his help with problems.
Since the primary, nearly all of de Blasio's public events have been endorsements, many of them from groups that backed his opponents in the primary and are now siding with the winner. On Thursday, the Manhattan Democratic Party became the latest organization to back de Blasio.
The campaign also announced that another recent endorser, Hillary Clinton, will be hosting a fundraiser for de Blasio next month. De Blasio managed her Senate campaign in 2000.
"I think it's going to bring out a huge amount of support," he said.
De Blasio said that he thinks the fundraiser is going to be an important moment for his campaign. He needs to fundraise, after all, for the general election.