Mayor Michael Bloomberg kept up an old tradition Tuesday as he prepares to exit office, attending his 13th and final Interfaith Breakfast at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street.
The annual gathering of the city's political elite and representatives from a variety of religions is one of the only public appearances Bloomberg has scheduled for New Year's Eve. The other being his final walk down the steps of City Hall as the mayor of New York later in the afternoon.
Speaking to NY1, the outgoing mayor seemed to be at peace with the legacy he leaves behind.
"It's been a very rewarding 12 years. I'll look back on it for the rest of my life, and I'll be able to say to my kids, 'Your father tried to do something to make your life and your childrens' better,'" Bloomberg said.
The breakfast itself also found everybody in a joyful mood.
Despite tensions between Bloomberg's administration and New York's Muslim community, one member had nothing but praise for City Hall.
"Under your leadership, Mr. Mayor, the city is safer, cleaner, nicer, healthier and friendlier. Mr. Mayor, under your leadership, you did not fail any community in the city, especially communities that I personally am a member of and partially represent," said Sheikh Moussa Drammeh of the Islamic Cultural Center of North America.
The mayor will be forgoing his usual New Year's Eve appearance at Times Square, and will instead be attending a private party.