Brooklyn Elevated to Lesbian Mecca

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On yesterday's show, outgoing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz claimed that Brooklyn has become the lesbian - specifically lesbian, not just LGBT - capital of the Northeast. “We remain the lesbian capital of New York City and the Northeast. In other words, we have a much larger lesbian population in Brooklyn. New York City is fortunate to have a large LGBT community, but in Brooklyn in particular, the lesbian community, there’s no question it’s the capital of the Northeast.” Do you agree? John Hodgman thinks Northampton still holds the crown. Let us know what you think.

Comments [20]

lGbtQ from nyc

perhaps a good follow up question that the presenter FAILED to ask would have been - how have lesbians specifically contributed to the life and livelihood of Brooklyn?

Have they gentrified it for the nouveau riche?
What is it exactly?

Also, I find it a bit disturbing that lesbian women are being singled out no only from their fellow female counterparts, but from their equally gay male, queer and transgender folk in the greater lgbtq classification [i hate to speak of a community, b/c in essence none exists-there the cat is officially out of the bag].
I suppose marty markowitz doesn't see all lgbtq people equally, and that is disturbing considering he is a jew and jews knows all too well about being singled out of the greater population.

Dec. 11 2013 11:41 PM
Robert Freeman

Marty has always been up to date on Lesbian hotspots. He should get out of Brooklyn more often!

Dec. 11 2013 08:25 PM
Priscilla from Boston, MA

I'm hearing a roar of outrage rising from Northampton, MA!

Dec. 11 2013 02:03 PM
Cis G from Park Slope


I'm not sure either, IAC, I'm sure Howard's discussion would differ from Brian's..

Dec. 11 2013 12:25 PM

Cis G from Park Slope
Not sure but doubtful h stern talks about religion and myth.

Dec. 11 2013 12:18 PM
Cis G from Park Slope

Where else can I hear about popes and lesbians in the same program!!

Howard Stern?

Dec. 11 2013 11:55 AM

"If Mr. Markowitz stated that Brooklyn is the African American capital of the Northeast or the Orthodox Jewish capital of the Northeast, there would be an outcry."


What could be considered pejorative with either statement itself?

In the case of the latter, at least, if Brooklyn does not have one of the largest-- if not /the/ largest-- Orthodox Jewish population in the /world/, then it has to be pretty close.

Dec. 11 2013 11:55 AM

Why do I love brian lehrer? Where else can I hear about popes and lesbians in the same program!!


Dec. 11 2013 11:50 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Independent Noach, You spend too much time cruising gay websites looking for things to outrage you.

Dec. 11 2013 11:48 AM
Tony from Canarsie

I remember several years ago some of my lesbian friends calling the area between Gowanus and Park Slope "Duck Town," "duckling" being then-current slang for an "entry level lesbian."

Dec. 11 2013 11:43 AM
Cis G from Park Slope

Lesbians of Brooklyn...

I saw a (hot) werewolf with a Chinese menu in her hand, walkin' through the streets of Park Slope in the rain

Dec. 11 2013 11:42 AM

Homosexual females ("Lesbians") should be natural allies of such valiant homosexual male dissidents as Bill Weintraub ( )and Rob McGee ( ,
Elaboration in past posts of mine, including one on today's segment about Pope Francis :

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Dec. 11 2013 11:40 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

If Mr. Markowitz stated that Brooklyn is the African American capital of the Northeast or the Orthodox Jewish capital of the Northeast, there would be an outcry. Why is it so important to define any city or region based on the sexual orientation of its population? Or the racial or ethnic or religious nature or orientation of its population? Quite apart from potential discrimination, any person's sexual orientation should be between him/her and his/her partner. Period. This whole issue is ridiculous and Mr. Markowitz was stupid for mentioning it.

Dec. 11 2013 11:40 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

If Markowitz is right, watch for Kurt Anderson to put up a contest to redesign the BK flag to reflect this important designation.

Dec. 11 2013 11:38 AM
Jean from midtown

Ohh Brian!! I can't believe you still think that Chelsea is where gay men live. Chelsea died a sad death years ago, ran over by a yuppie pushing an UPPAbaby stroller. Long live Hell's Kitchen.

Dec. 11 2013 11:35 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I heard Sunset Park became a favorite neighborhood when Park Slope became too expensive...

Dec. 11 2013 11:35 AM

Back in the 1990s, Park Slope was referred amongst the lesbian community as Dyke Slope. Lesbians often come along with the artists as the first wave of gentrifiers. Myself and many of my friends lived in the slope then. We've now been priced out and the community has spread to Kensington, Ditmas Park, Bushwick, etc.

Dec. 11 2013 11:34 AM
Jack from Manhattan

What?! Marty, try getting out of the City for once. Ever visit Northampton, MA? It'll more than give Brooklyn a run for its money.

Dec. 11 2013 11:34 AM
Stephen from prospect heights

Markowitz should not be considered the authority on anything. He sold-out Brooklyn supporting Ratner and the Atlantic Yards; pure colonialization.

Dec. 11 2013 11:34 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretenious Hudson Heights

Lesbian Waitress Exits Job After Anti-Gay Tipping Hoax

Dec. 11 2013 11:32 AM

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