New York Daily News
110th b’day and Mike blooms, too
If Mike Bloomberg does run for President in 2020, one person likely to be in his corner is a 110-year-old woman from Queens who gets flowers on her birthday every year from the former mayor.
Ruth Weyl celebrated her birthday Nov. 6, surrounded by friends, family and more bouquets than a flower show.
Among the blossoms in her Forest Hills home was one sent by Bloomberg himself.
“Dear Ruth: Happy 110th Best always, Mike.”
Not long on words, but it’s the thought, she said, that counts.
“They’re gorgeous, gorgeous flowers,” Weyl said. “It’s beautiful. It’s always nice he remembers.”
Weyl settled in Queens after a dramatic life that included a stop in Kenya after Nazis forced her and her husband to close their clothing business and leave Breslau, Germany, which later became part of Poland.
Weyl left behind her mother and father, who were killed in a concentration camp.
“I still miss my parents,” Weyl said.
Weyl and her husband, Heinrich, sailed across the Atlantic aboard the Queen Elizabeth, and settled in New York in 1948. The couple lived in Astoria for 30 years until he died in 1977. A short time later, Weyl moved to Forest Hills, where she has lived ever since.
“All of my old friends have passed away,” Weyl said.
But she is thankful for her new friends.
“He called some time ago,” Weyl said of Bloomberg. “He said to call him Mike and I will call you Ruth. I have to be so old to be so honored.”