Brooklyn Paper excerpt -
During his tenure, Borough President Markowitz has achieved many of
his visions for the Borough of Kings — not least bringing the Nets,
Ikea, and a succession of cruise ships to Brooklyn. But the Beep’s
ambitions for the borough were as big as his personality, so inevitably
some dreams must be deferred.
Many of the projects he championed have been completed during his
term, but others — such as the Loews Kings Theater renovation that got
under way this year — will not be finished until Markowitz’s successor
has taken the throne.
“While I am proud of what I have accomplished as Borough President,
there are several projects that I will not get to see completed under my
tenure,” said Markowitz. “I will be the Borough President Emeritus when
this ‘wonder theater’ reopens its doors for the first time in this
His vision for a Coney Island amphitheater in the Childs building is
also on its way with the near-unanimous blessing of the Council in its
last vote of the year. The initiative made its first concrete progress
early on Saturday morning, when backhoes cleared out a community garden in the venue’s footprint.
Other pet projects remain on the drawing board, but Markowitz remains
optimistic that he will one day see their completion. But for all his
tireless cheerleading, Markowitz will admit that even his best efforts
could not always yield the desired results.
“There are several projects that were simply beyond my control,” he said.
Markowitz has long dreamed of returning Brooklyn to its industrial
roots, and hoped to lure high-tech electronic manufacturers to the
working-class neighborhoods of Brownsville and East New York. But alas,
that task will be left to his successors.
“We cannot give up on bringing manufacturing back,” said Markowitz.
“Our communities want to work, and we must provide them with good-paying
jobs. I am disappointed that I was unable to accomplish this, but I
have high hopes that the next administration will.”
Markowitz’s other dreams include a casino in Coney Island and
bringing the world’s sport — professional soccer — to the borough that
is a crossroads of the world.
“What better place than Brooklyn for a soccer stadium and a team to call it home?” Markowitz said.