And when he has visited, things have not always gone smoothly. When he stopped in at Goodfellas, a venerable pizzeria, he ate his slice with a ; when he stopped at the Staten Island Zoo in his first year in office, he played a role in the
His aides believe that showing up for what they called a “listening tour” will have a mollifying effect.
“This is just one more way that we’re doing direct outreach to New Yorkers,” said Jessica Ramos, a mayoral spokeswoman, likening it to a five-day town hall.
The idea of spending a week in each of the boroughs is not new. Mayor David N. Dinkins made of temporary borough outposts for his staff during the third year of his tenure in 1992, when Mr. de Blasio was on the City Hall staff. Even before stepping off the ferry, Mr. Dinkins faced trouble on the first day of his week on Staten Island, deflecting talk of the borough’s secession and , the borough president at the time.
“It was huge, huge contention the whole time,” recalled . “It was almost like a gutter fight.”
Mr. de Blasio will have company among his electoral rivals. Paul J. Massey Jr., a well-funded Republican, plans to hold his own event on Monday in response to what his staff has called the mayor’s “stunt.” And Bo Dietl, a former police detective and independent challenger, said he would be on Staten Island on Wednesday “to hound Mayor Big Bird de Blasio.” Michel Faulkner, a Harlem pastor and Republican candidate, has already been there, attacking the mayor from outside borough hall on Sunday.
Even before the week began, Mr. de Blasio sought to dampen a potential outcry over his plan to eventually close the Rikers Island prison complex by assuring Staten Islanders that he would not build a new jail there, as recommended by an independent City Council commission.
He is still likely to face pushback on new homeless shelters, which he has vowed to bring to the island, and lots of questions on transportation. Tolls for the three bridges from Brooklyn and New Jersey weigh heavily on the borough, as does street repaving; local Council members have complained that the city’s new ferry service, set to begin this summer, does not include a stop on the island.
Daniel Gravener, a 36-year-old carpenter from Great Kills, said parts of Staten Island “have gotten worse” with drugs and crime.
“I want him to help people who don’t have a place to go,” he said, adding that he has many homeless friends and voted for both Mr. de Blasio and President Trump.
While much of the mayor’s itinerary for the week remained in flux, according to City Hall staff, some events were known: an appearance at the 123rd Police Precinct on the South Shore, where heroin and opioid abuse ; a town-hall meeting on the North Shore, a repaving event; a few meals at restaurants.
“Lakruwana was one of the highly suggested ones,” Councilwoman Debi Rose, a Democrat who represents the North Shore, said of an artifact-packed Sri Lankan restaurant in the Stapleton neighborhood.
If the mayor planned a stop there, no one had told the owners of the family-run restaurant as of Friday. If he does make it, he may want to visit the small Sri Lankan museum that Julia Wijesinghe, an 18-year-old Notre Dame Academy senior, recently opened in a downstairs area of the restaurant.
“I’d be glad to give him a tour,” she said. (A cautionary note to the mayor: At roughly 6-foot-5, you will have to duck through much of the low-ceiling gallery.)
Other suggestions from residents and local elected leaders for outings during the mayor’s week: Jersey Street, where crime remains high; , a locally owned clothing shop; pizza at ; tacos at ; a spontaneous drop-in at a supermarket.
“I’d take the mayor fishing with me, but I’m not sure he has a license,” said Councilman Joseph Borelli, a Republican, who said he went bass fishing and mountain biking in the park next to his house on the South Shore.
Not likely to be on the itinerary: a stop at the makeshift memorial where Eric Garner was fatally wrestled to the ground by police officers in 2014. Such a visit, just a short walk downhill from Borough Hall, would be likely to anger many officers who live in the borough.
Mr. Dinkins, during his visit, walked a beat with officers in the 120th Precinct after a news conference heralding a decline in overall crime, but he also got a frosty reception from some white officers, Mr. Steisel said.
Back at Borough Hall, city information technology workers set up servers to ensure secure communications so that staffers could work as they do at City Hall, albeit on folding tables and from about 60 laptops. On Tuesday, the tables are to be filled with city commissioners; Staten Islanders for time to talk to them.
Marty Preston, an assistant commissioner at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, was helping to oversee the move, as he did for Mr. Dinkins.
“To be honest, David Dinkins was very simple — just get out and meet the people,” Mr. Preston said. “I’m sure B.D.B. will be the same way.”
As for the location of the mayor’s next borough encampment: T.B.D.