Dine in Brooklyn Week: Marty Visits “Henry Street Restaurant Row” for Seasons Opening

Saying that Brooklyn Heights is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in all of America, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz ushered in Dine in Brooklyn Week last night at the grand opening of Seasons [46 Henry Street]. Not only that the Beep declared it Seasons Grand Opening Day in the borough.

Karl Junkersfeld was there. His video report after the jump.

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  • Heightser

    Could there be a more perfect person to be Brooklyn’s Borough President than Marty Markowitz? I think not.

  • http://Building Jeffrey J Smith

    The BP has many sides,

  • sky

    Am I the only one that finds Marty Markowitz really cheesy and annoying?


    Marty’s good will, cheery personality and determination to help out with everything positive that is happening anywhere in our populous borough makes him a unique and fundamentally positive character in New York City government. But it’s true that some people can’t stand positive.

  • stuart little

    I like marty.
    He’s an authentic Brooklyn character.

  • AEB

    Oy! Just…oy!

  • lise

    Marty is everywhere and always in a good mood. He has done much positive for Brooklyn.

  • Reggie

    No, sky, you are not “the only one that finds Marty Markowitz really cheesy and annoying,” and I find the implication that I feel that way because I “can’t stand positive” just plain insulting.

    Marty dances all around conflict of interest laws and recently had a decision go against him, for which he received a slap on the wrist. He sold his soul to Ratner so he can claim to be the borough president who brought the Dodgers back to Brooklyn, so to speak. As a result, we are going to get an abomination of a project and will now have to endure decades of construction to boot. Marty is very weak on public policy and uses his capital budget funds poorly.

    Many people have said the borough presidencies should be abolished. I don’t agree, but am frankly surprised it is one of the incumbants who is making the best argument in favor of elimination.

  • nabeguy

    Reggie, I have to ask you, what are your Brooklyn credentials? Lifelong or transplant? Of course Marty’s annoying…that’s exactly what makes him emblematic of Brooklyn. Sure, he’s in the pocket of developers, but as this video illustrates. his interest is for the greater good, namely building a tax base that supports the city and Brooklyn.

  • Melissa

    Sky & Reggie, I’m with you. I see prison in this man’s future. And I am an otherwise positive person.

  • nabeguy

    Melissa, you’re positively wrong. Marty’s transgressions are small potatoes compared to the shenanigans of other NYC pols. If you want to send a man to prison for lining his stomach, go for it. MM is more interested in pursuing the foodies than the goodies.

  • Eddy de Lectron

    I’m with Sky Reggie & Melissa.
    The pretentious gasbag has got to go.
    Any taxes gained from the Ratner/Markowitz “circle jerk” will be lost fixing all the problems it will create.

  • suzette

    I’m with Sky Reggie Melissa & Eddy….he can come across as a buffoon and yes, I’ve been here 25 years and yes I try to stay positive.

  • Nick

    nabeguy – Why are you asking someone what their Brooklyn credentials are? Is someone more of authority if they’ve lived here their whole life as opposed to just a few years? And if so, what does that authority speak to? I think Rudy Giuliani said it best – the great thing about New York City is that you can move here and after six months you’re a New Yorker.

  • Reggie

    nabeguy, I’ve lived here longer than all other places combined and that is measured in decades. Oh, and I plan on continuing to live here. I wasn’t really paying attention, but remind me where you are moving to? Or, if you prefer, “What Nick said.”

    Small potatoes? $65M in taxpayer-funded capital budget dollars for a new amphitheater in Asser Levy Park, where the principal beneficiary will be … Marty! Meanwhile, he allocates a fraction of the money other borough presidents spend on parks and affordable housing. I could go on and on–I know the man personally; does that enhance my credentials?–but let’s just state it simply: the man is an ass.

  • zburch

    Marty Markowitz…Brooklyn’s Pimp Daddy. Selling us out at any cost.

  • Arch Stanton

    @ Nick, transplants et al. You might become a “New Yorker” after a period of time, which varies upon the individual. Some may never and none will ever become native New Yorkers. There is a difference.

  • nabeguy

    Yes, Reggie, but he’s our ass. Welcome to Brooklyn. With people like you moving to it, I’m glad to be leaving it. Nick, what Arch said…and please, in a discussion about Markowitz, don’t invoke anything that Rudy said. It only proves my original point.

  • David on Middagh

    Arch is right. Unless your ancestors trekked over the land bridge twenty thousand years ago, ate the mammoths and populated North America, I don’t really think you can call yourself a “native” New Yorker.

    There *is* a difference.

  • Nick

    The point I was trying to make is that if you live and vote in Brooklyn, you’re entitled to a view on public officials just as much as the next person. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived here.

  • Reggie

    “People like me!” Ha! You have no idea what people I be, nabeguy.

  • Reggie

    Oh, what the heck; let’s pile it on:


    He’s all class.

  • nabeguy

    And Reggie, I don’t want to know. Like I said, Marty is an ass. Furthermore, he’s a buffoon, a clown, a stereotype. The fact that he’s a corrupt politician makes him no different than any other NYC pol…it’s his other qualities that make him uniquely a product of Brooklyn. Unless you were born here, you’ll never get that.

  • Arch Stanton

    Indeed they never will…

  • Buddy Holly

    Marty will never be Mayor. Queen maybe, but never Mayor.

  • Reggie

    So, unique Brooklyn flava trumps being “an ass … a buffoon, a clown, a stereotype … corrupt.” No; you’re right—that is not something I will ever understand. I apologize for my black-and-white thinking about right and wrong.