Marty Markowitz

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    May 17, 2013

    Go Listen to This Coney Island-Themed Playlist Marty Markowitz Made on Spotify

    Thank god for Marty Markowitz, possibly the only lovable politician left in New York. Today, the Brooklyn borough president released a soundtrack to rebuilding a Sandy-shattered Coney Island on Spotify. It's got Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Brooklynite synth-addicts Matt and Kim, and the Beasti ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg: Libraries Aren't Just About Books, They're Places to Find Jobs!

    Yes, books and reading and anything that involves words on actual paper are totally screwed. But that doesn't mean New York City libraries aren't valuable! That was kind of the message behind Mayor Mike Bloomberg's announcement this morning that he is expanding the city's efforts to help unemployed ... More >>

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    February 1, 2012

    Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Wants Brownsville to be the Next Tech Mecca

    ​The Brooklyn State of the Borough address is tonight, and Borough President Marty Markowitz is expected to announce a contest to attract tech manufacturers to Brownsville and East New York. Markowitz said he targeted these neighborhoods because of their high unemployment rates and the read ... More >>

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    January 11, 2012

    100 Most Powerless New Yorkers

    A 'power list' for the rest of us

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    September 14, 2011

    Marty Markowitz Is Retiring

    ​Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn borough president, friend to the people (and Atlantic Yards), enemy of bike lanes, guy who had once considered replacing Mayor Bloomberg in 2013, is no longer thinking he wants to be mayor, according to the New York Post. Markowitz can't run again for borough preside ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Marty Markowitz: Apple "Won't Reach the Big Time" Till It Opens a Store in Brooklyn

    ​Remember how part of the Brooklyn Municipal Building is being turned into a mall? The anchor of the new retail space is going to be an upscale restaurant. Sounds fine, even if Brooklyn doesn't necessarily need more restaurants. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has other ideas for th ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Brooklyn Department of Finance to Be Replaced By a Mall

    ​The city announced a plan today to transform part of the Brooklyn Municipal Building in downtown Brooklyn into 49,000 feet of retail space. Which part? The Department of Finance, which is relocating somewhere else to make room for the new mall. The developer is United American Land, and they ... More >>

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    July 25, 2011

    Marty Markowitz Fined $20,000 for Taking His Wife on Free Trips to Turkey, the Netherlands

    ​Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is in trouble, to the tune of $20,000, for accepting free travel and other accommodations for his wife, Jamie, on recent trips to Turkey and the Netherlands. The city's Conflicts of Interests board ruled that Markowitz is allowed to accept free trave ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Can't We Just Put Bike Lanes in the Sky?

    ​That's what Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wondered about the problematic bike lanes, which he opposes, in our fair city. "Elevated bike lanes -- that's the answer," Markowitz told Brooklyn Paper, for some reason. That way, cars could be reckless and cyclists could be where they b ... More >>

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    April 15, 2011

    Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, Joins Twitter

    ​Following in the footsteps of local politicians like Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. Anthony Weiner, who have both shown exceptional online acumen, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has started an official Twitter account, joining every other functional politician nationwide with a ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    A Ghastly Gallery of Green Bagels

    JeffreyWiden/FlickrThe mottled and scrofulous exterior of this green monstrosity is enough to put you off your feed.​ Let's face it: Culinarily, apart from soda bread and maybe corned beef and cabbage, St. Patty's Day is a horrible holiday. And the only thing worse than green lager beer is gre ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Marty Markowitz Apparently Likes to Eat

    Marty Markowitz Eating​Because there is no job too small for Tumblr, the world now has Marty Markowitz Eating to further its procrastination. It's just photos and the occasional video of the Brooklyn borough president with food. The only problem is that he's almost never actually eating; he's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Dear XXXXXX, Marty Markowitz Cares About You and Coney Island. Really. (UPDATED!)

    ‚ÄčAs previously reported, a whole host of iconic Coney Island spots, including Ruby's bar and Shoot the Freak, lost their licenses last week, which means they'll have to leave their long-held premises so that new [read: more profitable] blood [read: "a very large sports bar"] can take over. Folks a ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Shake Shack Brooklyn Holding Its Coming Out Ball Today

    ​ To the surprise of precisely no one, Shake Shack is indeed expanding to Brooklyn. Although the Union Square Hospitality Group was coy about its plans last week, this week it's anything but: Danny Meyer is making an official announcement about the Shack's impending Fulton Mall location today ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    New Yorkers Rally to Save 76-Year-Old Coney Island Bar, Ruby's

    ​You've probably heard that a number of Coney Island boardwalk businesses -- including iconic spots like Ruby's bar -- have lost their licenses. And this probably, if you're anything like us, makes you sad. Thor Equities has apparently given Ruby's just two weeks to vacate, according to Patell ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Live: Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, And Slick Rick Do "Old-School Night" At Wingate Field

    Still talking about sex, albeit very briefly. Pics by Rebecca Smeyne, more below.​Salt-N-Pepa/Naughty by Nature/Slick Rick Wingate Field Monday, August 2 "Y'all look like a free concert out here," notes Salt wryly, shortly before launching into "I'll Take Your Man" in front of, indeed, thousa ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Marty Markowitz Will Don His Trunks to Protest Gowanus Pool Closing

    Yes, that's how we feel, too.​Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will join protesters this Sunday in rallying against the city's decision to close the "Double-D" public pool in Gowanus this summer for budgetary reasons -- apparently keeping the pool shuttered will save the city $200,00 ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Empire State Building Won't Light Up for Mother Teresa, then Lies, Which Mother Teresa Really Would Have Hated (But Forgiven)

    ​The Empire State Building is privately owned, and as such, they can do whatever the hell they want -- lighting themselves in pink and red for Valentine's Day, or honoring the Simpsons, or whatever. So, when they said no to lights honoring Mother Teresa's upcoming 100th birthday on August 26, ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Gear Up: Friday Is National Bike to Work Day

    ​The signs sometimes do align, as in the case of tomorrow, which is our humble nation's official Bike to Work Day. It's been bike month all of May, in fact, but if you've been focused on other things -- masturbation month, anyone? -- well, it's not too late to get involved.

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    April 16, 2010

    An Apple Seed is Planted in Brooklyn

    An Apple Store Grows in Brooklyn from Marty Markowitz on Vimeo. Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz really wants to see Apple set up camp in Brooklyn. What this being the epicenter of Mac worship and all, Marty thought it would be a swell idea to pitch the idea to Steve Jobs via this ridiculo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Astroland Dead, Did Not Fall at Hands of The Warriors

    ​Everyone who claims to have legitimately enjoyed Coney Island's Astroland while nervously worrying for their safety on rides which were eventually going to off someone can now relax, they no longer have to pretend to enjoy it for its kitch New York Value. It's dead. Supposedly.

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    March 11, 2010

    Jay-Z Gave Press Conference, Helped Break Ground at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Today

    At the press conference. Photo by Elliott Wilson.​Bowing out of one big municipal project one day, and breaking ground on another the next: can't knock Jay-Z's political hustle. Brooklyn's most famous son was on hand to both shovel dirt for the future Nets arena in Atlantic Yards and to join M ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    NYS Restaurant Association and Marty Markowitz Offer Labor Law Seminar for Restaurateurs

    Getty ImagesMarty would like a word with restaurateurs ​A recent Labor Department crackdown in Park Slope, Brooklyn, found abuses at 25 restaurants: Unpaid overtime and underpaid workers. In response, the New York State Restaurant Association and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz are ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Pithiest Campaign Mailer of the Season

    ​Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's last campaign mailer has for its text only a headline, "Marty Markowitz: As Brooklyn as They Come!," a terse invocation to vote, and one quote from the Beep: "If I've made you proud of being a Brooklynite, if I've improved your life even a bit and ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Brooklyn Seeks Poet Laureate

    ​The Brooklyn Paper tells us the borough is taking resumes for its Poet Laureate position. Effusive Beep Marty Markowitz says the replacement for the recently deceased Ken Seigelman should be a "fine poet" and an "enthusiastic ambassador of poetry and literacy." Paying gigs for poets, or even ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Barrett: My Favorite Nugget from Last Night's Debate

    ​My favorite nugget from last night's mayoral debate was Mike Bloomberg's smug smile as he pronounced Joe Bruno a better majority leader of the state senate than Pedro Espada. Democrat Bill Thompson had already picked the-sometime Democrat Espada as the better of the two. By 3:12 a.m., the Po ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009

    Brooklyn Beep Endorses Bloomberg; Barron Calls Him a "Traitor"

    ​You've probably heard that Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and co-pilot Jeff Skiles flew their old route over the Hudson today to cheers and flash bulbs and the approbation of Dr. Ruth ("I'm glad you're not retiring, but rewiring," said the pint-sized sexologist to Sully). As usual, Sul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Markowitz Tries to Dodge Challenger, For Whom Room 8 "Sheds No Tears"

    ​Here's a little democracy, Brooklyn-style: Borough President Marty Markowitz wants to throw his lone challenger off the Democratic ballot. The executive director of Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concert Series filed a challenge to signatures collected for Eugene Myrick, an East New Yorker and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Locals Protest Protest Brighton Beach Theater at Tonight's Oldies Concert

    Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz wants to replace the bandshell at Asser Levy/Seaside Park in Brighton Beach/Coney Island with a large, $64 million, roofed amphitheater that can accommodate 8,000 people (Grimshaw Architects rendering pictured). But it seems a lot of the locals don't want i ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Famous Author Get Attention for Dumbo Land-Use Protest

    People have protests against overdevelopment all the time, and most get little attention from the press. But the folks in Dumbo who disapprove the building of yet another ugly modern tower, this one hard by the Brooklyn Bridge, had a masterstroke: have a celebrity guest. If they'd gotten Lindsay Loh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Coney: New Dig, Times Dis, Cyclone Opens Sunday

    Kinetic Carnival looks at Joe Sitt's big dig at Stillwell Avenue and the Boardwalk at Coney Island and wonders what's up. Captain Nemo's readers speculate: new supports for the Boardwalk? Tents? A "Dream Land Amusement Park" is announced by lamppost sign for part of the blighted property. Gowanus' B ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Liveblogging the State of the City, If We Can Stand It

    We'll give it a shot, anyway. The Mayor is going to give this annual speech today at Brooklyn College. Let's begin: 1:21 p.m. Brooklyn borough president/buffoon Marty Markowitz tells a few jokes. He has "declared Brooklyn a Republic," but collegially tells Queens beep Helen Marshall that "whatever ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    Markowitz Weakens on Atlantic Yards

    The normally development-friendly Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz actually said something almost critical of a developer yesterday. He suggested Forest City Ratner, despoilers of Atlantic Yards, should look at a "more economically feasible" plan for the Nets stadium/luxury complex than th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2009

    Happy New Year

    Peter McManus', Chelsea, shortly after midnight We'd been warned that Times Square could be hit with a "Mumbai-style attack" on New Year's Eve, so only about a million people showed up. (The celebration in Aspen, Colorado didn't fare so well, but they sure had fun in New Orleans.) On TV Kathy G ... More >>

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    November 18, 2008
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    October 13, 2008

    Brief Guide to All the Wacky Shit You Missed This Weekend, Ponce

    Your move, Madonna. Pic by Jesse Reed. The double-edged sword of living here in NYC is a) there's tons of cool shit going on musically on any given weekend, but b) if you are fatigued/lazy/vaguely ill and thus opt to spend your downtime in a quiet shut-in "walk around the park and abuse Netflix" fa ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    NYDN: Markowitz Gave Borough Bucks to His Own Non-Prof

    The New York Daily News reports that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has over the years assigned city contracts worth about $700,000 to Best of Brooklyn, Inc. BBI worked with the Beep on the Brooklyn Book Festival, the How Sweet It Is! Sweet Potato Pie Scholarship Contest, Take Your Man t ... More >>

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    September 1, 2008

    W. Indian American Day Parade Hot, Loud, Fun

    Have you ever actually stood next to one of those sound trucks? We got a chance when one of them was exiting the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade route today. "We makin' a right," called the DJ as the big rig rolled out. He started singing, "Watch de' RIGHT, watch de RIGHT, watch de RIGHT" i ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Middle of the Night: Powderly Update, Marty Unltd., Etc.

    James Powderly et alia are back from Chinese detention, and claim rough treatment in custody, including threats against themselves and their families, the third degree, sleep and water deprivation, and the theft of thousands of dollars worth of video equipment, reports the New York Sun. They had bee ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008

    Readers Remember the Blackout

    We got some nice Blackout of '03 reminiscences in response to our request on Thursday. Commenter dstein had just learned how to drive stick and was doing his first solo run through Queens when he wound up on Northern Boulevard with no traffic lights. Chris was at JFK when the power failed and he got ... More >>

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    July 27, 2007

    The World's Worst Bobblehead Comes to Brooklyn

    Brooklyn's self-proclaimed cheerleader will spend $8.1 million of your money this year. Photo illustration by Henry Deeb So the Brooklyn Cyclones are sponsoring a bobblehead promotion, that kicks off this weekend, called the "Legends of Brooklyn." Sounds good. And who are these legends that the Cy ... More >>

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    July 24, 2007

    Hot Dog With Relish

    Cyclones put Markowitz on a bobblehead doll. Now he'll pop up even more.

  • Music

    July 10, 2007

    The Show Must Go On and On and On

    Doug E. Fresh leads a delighted Brooklyn crowd down a Frosted Flake–filled memory lane

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    May 25, 2006

    Can You Say 'Hooray for Ratner'? You're Hired!

    Let them eat cupcakes: The Beep's new press associate will have the task of making Marty Markowitz likeable—about as difficult as getting a bear to go potty in the woods. (Brooklyn BP) Are you a "highly skilled individual" with an "interest in government and/or Brooklyn politics" and an "eagern ... More >>

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    October 19, 2004

    The Ground War

    Hanging with the Florida troops out to win—and keep—a Kerry victory

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    July 29, 2003
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    February 25, 2003
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    January 7, 2003
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    September 4, 2001

    Mr. Brooklyn

    One Guy Tries Harder for Brooklyn Borough President

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