Borough President Marty Markowitz recently gave his final State of the Borough Address at Barclays Center. The address featured performances by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan and singer Jay Black, as well as appearances by Tony Danza and many cable TV personalities and via video, legendary talk show host Larry King and late night television host Jimmy Kimmel.
Markowitz took a nostalgic look back at the last 12 years and toward his final eight months in office and beyond. “As Brooklynites, we are all truly blessed because we live in a city where we have the opportunity to make our dreams come true. All my life the one job I dreamed of—and aspired to—was Brooklyn Borough President. How truly blessed are those who achieve the goal of their professional life, and I’m so proud of everything we’ve accomplished. If I made you prouder to be a Brooklynite, if I improved your lives in Brooklyn even just a little, and if I put a smile on your face, then I accomplished everything I set out to do,” he said to the enthralled audience.
Among the major highlights of the night were the announcement that an agreement had been made with City Hall, the City Planning Department and iStar Financial to build a 5,000 seat covered seasonal amphitheater in Coney Island. Within a few years, concerts will be enjoyed—rain or shine—at the venue which will be located at the Boardwalk and West 21st Street.
He also announced that on June 21, weather permitting, Brooklyn is going to re-light the parachute jump in Coney Island with so much ‘bling’ that it will be visible from outer space!
He thanked Superstorm Sandy volunteers and heroes for their hard work and dedication in helping Brooklyn rebuild, rebound and recover, and said, “Over the last decade, we’ve accomplished so much and undergone such an amazing transformation, beyond even my wildest dreams. So, there’s no question that Brooklyn will never be in anyone’s shadow ever again. We are New York’s main attraction, and, you know what? We’re only getting started. Our best days are now and for generations to come.”
We will miss Marty. Perhaps his next title will be Mayor Markowitz. You never know.