De Blasio promised to fix NYC’s ‘Tale of Two Cities’ — but critics say he failed when it came to housing and the homeless
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks in the Bronx on Aug. 3, 2021. - David Dee Delgado/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — When Mayor de Blasio stepped into City Hall in 2014, the number of homeless people living in shelters was climbing, conditions within the New York City Housing Authority’s more than 2,500 buildings were in steep decline and the city’s poor were staring down the barrel of an affordable housing crisis. But the newly-minted mayor brought with him a broad promise that those problems would be solved. Just months before, while campaigning to take the reins from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio vowed that he’d end the Big Apple’s “Tale of Two Cities.” And housing — perhaps more th...