Mayoral Candidates Want to Experience the Crappiest Parts of New Yorkers’ Lives

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04:  New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn speaks during the 2011 GLAAD Amplifier Awards at the Altman Building on October 4, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Photo: Jemal Countess/2011 Getty Images

But only for a few days. As Bill de Blasio kicked off his week-long attempt to live on minimum wage, on Monday Christine Quinn joined Staten Islander Yanela Tamayo for her 90-minute commute to her job at the New Yorker Hotel. (Quinn says that by 2023, no New Yorker should have to commute more than one hour in either direction.) In recent weeks, the mayoral candidates tried food-stamp diets and had a public housing sleepover, so don't be alarmed if one of them asks to tag along on your next trip to the DMV.