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Marty joins the pool party! Beep to don trunks to protest Double-D closure!

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Add Borough President Markowitz’s voice — and his topless physique — to the chorus of opponents who are hot under the swim trunks at the city’s decision to close the “Double-D” public pool in Gowanus for budgetary reasons this summer.

On Sunday, Markowitz will don his trunks for a protest — “Don’t worry, no Speedo!” his press aide said — at the pool, which will remain closed this summer so that the city can save $200,000 — which represents three-millionths of the city budget.

Councilmembers Steve Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg) and Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) will join the 10 am rally, though it is unclear whether the hunky Levin or the visually arresting James will doff any duds.

Markowitz said he was appalled that the city claimed that the pool, which is on Douglass Street at Nevins Street, is in an industrial area when it is in walking distance to the Gowanus and Wyckoff Gardens public housing projects.

Close to 40,000 people used the pool last summer, as The Brooklyn Paper reported when it broke the pool-closure story last week.

Since the story broke, at least two online campaigns have been launched, and Levin has promised to fight to save the watering hole.

Other city pools will open on June 29.

Double D pool rally (Douglass Street between Nevins Street and Third Avenue in Gowanus), June 20, 10 am.

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jerry from brighton beach says:
Perhaps if Marty Markowitz would not build his monument to himself, namely the Asser Levy/Seaside Amphitheater in Brighton Beach he would save the City over $ 70 million dollars. And the Parks Dept. would not have to close down the Pool, needless to say other services for Senior Citizens & Fire Houses.
Here's the breakdown for this boondoggle of an venue :
$ 1 million from Councilman Recchia

$ 2 million from Senator Carl Kruger

$ 10 million dollars from Mayor Bloomberg

OVER $ 70 million from marty's Piggy Bank

This is just a publicity stunt performed by BP Marty Markowitz.

Give it up Marty... Marty's Dream is Our Nightmare!
The residents & neighbors of Bright Beach.
June 16, 2010, 6:27 pm
Fred from Brooklyn says:
Go Marty!!! Save the Pool (and the Music in Coney Island!!!)
June 18, 2010, 8:58 am
Jessica from Boerum Hill says:
Just happy that Marty is joining our fight to get the Double D open this summer...
June 18, 2010, 11:26 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
To Fred : The music is not in Coney Island... it's in a Residental area of Brighton Beach, get your geography correct. Evidently you are not from Brooklyn.
June 18, 2010, 4:03 pm
Marty Barfowitz from An Outer Borough says:
Remind me again... how many tens of millions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks did we give to Bruce Ratner's basketball arena?
June 19, 2010, 12:24 am
johnny from park slope says:
how about bloomberg give us the 200,000? he sends millions to all these other countries? think about it why not do something nice for us!mayor do not close this pool we all look foward to this pool every year how can you do this to us new yorkers!!
June 20, 2010, 1:59 am

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