It’s a sign of the times.
Mike Bloomberg is relocating his campaign headquarters from the Upper East Side to Times Square — into the building that formerly housed the New York Times.
About 300 “Team Bloomberg” staffers will occupy the eighth floor of the building at 229 W. 43rd St. near Eighth Avenue and move into the new digs in early January.
In a political twist, the Bloomberg campaign will be in the same building where President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, leases space on the lower floors.
The new space will feature an open office layout with cubicles, just like Bloomberg’s “bullpen” office at City Hall when he was mayor, as well as at his Bloomberg LP business.
Conference rooms and other team spaces will be named after states, including the number of delegates each state sends to the Democratic Party convention.
There will also be countdown clocks around the office that show the days, hours, minutes and seconds to both the March 3 Super Tuesday primaries and the general election.
“Some people like to build walls. I like to tear them down,” Bloomberg said in a dig at Trump in a note to “Team Bloomberg” Monday morning.
“As we continue to welcome new staff and volunteers, I’m glad to announce some exciting news for the New Year. In early January, we’ll be moving into new office space in Times Square where all of us can sit together, on one open floor,” Bloomberg said.
“My desk will be out in the open like everyone else’s, and I’ll be coming by to see how each team is doing.”
Referring to the countdown clocks, Bloomberg said, “We don’t have a day to waste.”
Bloomberg emphasized his job is to “empower” and not “micro-manage” staffers.
“One of the best ways to do that, I’ve always believed, is to bring people together in open work spaces, without walls or private offices. Open spaces facilitate communication, collaboration, and teamwork. That’s the approach I brought with me to City Hall — and if we are successful in this campaign, I’ll bring it to the White House, too.
“We’ll turn the largest room in the White House, the East Room, into an open office environment, where I’ll sit side by side with our team. I’ll use the Oval Office for some official functions — never for tweeting — but the rest of the time, I’ll be where a leader should be: with the team.”
“After all, the way teams interact is crucial to their success. In sports, the coach or manager is right there with the players, giving directions, drawing on white boards, huddling during timeouts, motivating and inspiring — and picking someone up when they’ve made a mistake. Managers in every organization should be performing those same roles. Walls just get in the way, by stifling communication and making collaboration more difficult.”
The campaign declined to comment on how much Bloomberg is paying to lease the prime real estate.
Bloomberg officially launched his late-bid candidacy for the White House last month.
Bloomberg has already spent about $135 million on TV and digital ads to promote his campaign and attack Trump. The multibillionaire will lay out more than $500 million on ads alone by the time New Yorkers vote in the April 28 Democratic primary if he continues spending at the current rate.
Campaign experts believe Bloomberg could spend $1 billion or more if he wins the Democratic nomination and takes on Trump in the general election.
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