The PJ Tatler

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg May be a Real-Life Supervillain

Just about every comic superhero has a nemesis whose mind has been twisted by something. Usually it’s revenge. And usually, the supervillain gets to a position where he (most supervillains are men) has unlimited time to work his schemes, and unlimited resources to carry his scheme out. Supervillains tend to be arrogant pieces of work who follow a Dostoyevskyan path in which they believe that they are above normal morals and rules, at least until the superhero catches them, foils their plot and tosses them into Arkham Asylum or whichever super prison belongs to that particular comic canon.

Now consider: Mike Bloomberg is short and kind of elfen looking. He is richer than many whole countries and will soon have unlimited time on his hands once he leaves office in January. He has spent some part of his vast fortune on trying to get people to disarm themselves, or force them to disarm. Who but a villain with devious plans on his mind wants law-abiding people to be disarmed? He keeps telling people what to eat and drink and even scolds new moms about breastfeeding. Arrogance? Check.

Now, he’s vowing to destroy an entire industry.

Mayor Bloomberg went on a spitting-mad rant against a city cab-fleet boss who won a court victory over Hizzoner’s planned “Taxi of Tomorrow” — vowing to “destroy your f–king industry” when he leaves office, The Post has learned.

A fuming Bloomberg made the threat against Taxi Club Management CEO Gene Freidman at Madison Square Garden’s private 1879 Club during last Thursday’s Knick playoff game, a witness said yesterday.

“It was like Gene had kidnapped his child. He used the f-word twice,” the witness said.

Freidman confirmed the blow-up to The Post, and said Bloomberg’s tirade included the warning that, “After January, I am going to destroy all you f–king guys.”

“I saw Bloomberg and his security there in the club, so I went over and said, ‘Tell me what is going on with the Taxi of Tomorrow?’ ” Freidman, 42, said yesterday.

“He turns to me, and said, ‘Come January 1st, when I am out of office, I am going to destroy your f–king industry.’

“I said, ‘Whoa, Mr. Mayor, calm down! Why can’t I sit down with you and figure out something that works?’ He got back in my face and said, ‘After January, I am going to destroy all you f–king guys,’ ” said Freidman, whose company operates a fleet of 925 yellow cabs.

Freidman said a red-faced Bloomberg’s jaw was clenched.

What is Bloomberg’s evil mind scheming? And who stands ready to stop him? Must New York depend on Weinerman to rescue them?