Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s last state of the borough address

Marty’s last stand-up: Beep goes comedic in final state of the boro speech

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Look out Jimmy Kimmel — Borough President Markowitz is coming for your job.

Markowitz used his final state of the borough speech to ask a question frequently whispered these days in Brooklyn political circles: what will the Beep do come 2014, when he is no longer the Beep? Faux-struggling to answer that riddle, Markowitz put on a white jacket, changed the stadium floor of the Barclays Center to resemble a TV studio, and hosted his very own late night talk show during his last annual address, complete with “celebrity” guests including Stoop Talk’s Cat Greenleaf, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy, and NY1’s Pat Kiernan, going so far as to put on a Carnac the Magnificent routine (turban included).

The politician-turned-late-night showman riffed on diversity in Brooklyn — “you have the young people, the hipsters, and the old people, the artificial hipsters!” — and his support of gay marriage — “I believe love is love, unless you love the Knicks. Then you’ll burn in hell.”

Brooklyn-bred actor Tony Danza, a recurring state of the borough attendee, took on the role of musical guest when he rapped about famous Brooklynites: “Folks born in Brooklyn that you might know / here’s a bunch of famous people from my favorite borough.”

Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn sang a song in the Beep’s honor — a horribly off-key version of “How do you solve a problem like Maria,” changed to “How to you solve the problem of losing Marty?”

Markowitz’s chief of staff Jon Paul Lupo, who was master of ceremonies, told her to keep her day job.

There were even, at one point, indoor fireworks.

The address was mostly bereft of actual news, besides the formal, but previously reported announcement of the most recent incarnation of the Beep’s passion project: the construction of a Coney Island amphitheater that will serve as a permanent home to Markowitz’s long-running summer concert series. Out is the controversial “potato chip” plan, in is a new proposal with private developer iStar Financial that calls for building the 5,000-seat performance space in a part of the Childs Restaurant building on the Boardwalk and an adjoining lot, and reopening the landmarked space as an eatery.

But the address was more of a victory lap for the Beep, who has served in this role since 2001 and headed the borough during a time of astonishing metamorphosis that saw condos rise, Downtown transform, Williamsburg boom, and big league sports return to the borough.

Not for nothing did Markowitz — a huge booster of the Atlantic Yards project that brought the Nets to Brooklyn — choose to deliver his address in the Barclays Center.

“A special thank you to ‘cousin Brucie,’ as I affectionately call Bruce Ratner, the CEO of Forest City Ratner,” he said of the stadium’s developer, before calling the Barclays Center “America’s most beautiful arena.”

Updated 10:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Cecil Brooks from Meadow Winds says:
I have had the pleasure of working with Marty Markowitz when I worked for a major corporation in Downtown Brooklyn. This man, this honorable man, is a champion of economic development and diversity, and as he prepares to leave office and seek new endeavors, the title Mayor Markowitz keeps ringing in my head. Would Marty Markowitz make a great mayor? You bet he would.
April 12, 2013, 4 am
Resident from Brooklyn says:
Glad to see this clown head out the door for good. Hope we can get a serious leader to lead Brooklyn into the 21st Century. Marty's schtick doesn't fit the borough anymore.
April 12, 2013, 6:08 am
Art from Bay Ridge says:
What a maroon! Good riddance.
April 12, 2013, 8:02 am
Malcolm Smith from Crooklyn says:
Sorry, Marty, I had to give you up. You'll be spending your golden years in a federally run country club.
April 12, 2013, 8:31 am
sue from brooklynheights says:
A moron.. who will probably make big bucks working for a developer when he leaves office. A moron whose wife has a no show job at New York City Community College (city tech). Can you believe this guy with his incredible big mouth started out as a tenant organizer. He is but one example of what is wrong in Albany and New york city politics. Frankly the man is a huge embarrassment. May he go in good health far far away
April 12, 2013, 8:35 am
judahspechal from bed-stuy says:
Give Marty a break. If you can't love this guy's for his energy, then you all must be a hit at a funeral.
April 12, 2013, 8:44 am
ty from pps says:
His energy? You mean yelling and gesticulating like a buffoon?
April 12, 2013, 9:29 am
ty from pps says:
(And Christine Quinn is another one of these yellers... every public statement is done in a shouting manner -- do these folks know what a microphone does? have they never seen other people speak?)
April 12, 2013, 9:31 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
biggest question: if Marty is out who will ribbon cutting??
April 12, 2013, 11:47 am
Janet from Brooklyn says:

Na Na Na Na -- NA NA NA NA


April 12, 2013, 2:24 pm
Chicken Underwear from Park Slope says:
Who paid for this show?
April 13, 2013, 5:10 am
Norman Oder says:
For some more detailed coverage, see:

Yes, his nonprofit paid for it, and he got the arena for free.

And Ratner didn't show.
April 13, 2013, 6:43 am
Friend of Marty Mashugana from Borough Hall says:
Cost of the going-away party for Marty: $200,000 (according to New York Post)
Salary Marty collects as Beep: $160,000
Cost to rent out arena: priceless
April 13, 2013, 11:31 pm
Bye Marty from Brooklyn says:
Amount of help $200,000 could have provided to people affected by Sandy in Red Hook:


What a jerk.
April 14, 2013, 5:34 pm

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