Tupper the tops at tribute to Prospect Park Alliance head

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Her big, green shoes were brimming with good cheer on Saturday when retired Prospect Park Alliance founder Tupper Thomas was honored in the Brooklyn park where she left her verdant stomp for future generations to enjoy — or not.

A flock of gooseniks, protesting the summer slaughter of the park’s Canada geese, were hoping to sabotage the sweet soiree, but their efforts to raise feathers were swiftly plucked by nearly 900 Tupper fans, who came dressed to the hilt.

The natty glitterati included Borough President Markowitz and his wife Jamie, Deputy Inspector John Argenziano — commanding officer of the 78th Precinct — and Councilmen Steven Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg) and Brad Lander (D–Park Slope), who arrived in a tux with a proclamation stuffed under his armpit.

But what’s a proclamation compared to Markowitz’s cast-iron model of the Brooklyn Bridge? The beep typically gives out his version of the keys to the city to foreign dignataries, but Thomas can now say she’s the first Brooklynite to actually receive on.

Thomas, who was also the park’s administrator for 31 years, oozed her trademark spunk as she held court in a blue chiffon dress, and buzzed from guest to guest under a tent plunked outside the Bartel Pritchard Square entrance to Prospect Park at Prospect Park West and 15th Street.

“All of Prospect Park has been touched by her dedication and enthusiasm, as has everyone who uses the park,” said Alliance spokesman Eugene Patron.

A gorgeous high-definition movie was shown to all in attendence, but it is also available online at

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Dave from Park Slope says:
Wow, that cardboard Markowitz is amazingly life-like!
April 4, 2011, 10:39 pm
johnny boy from windsor terrace says:
just a thought, who paid for this affair.
it took laborers 4 days to put up a 400 foot tent and no one in the neighborhood could get a straight answer when they asked what was going on.
Some were told it was a fund raiser, if it was , why would Tupper need a fund raiser, she's been on the dole for 31 years .
April 6, 2011, 9:53 pm

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