Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, knows some people disparagingly call him a "cheerleader," but he says a big part of his job is to "lift people's spirits." He discusses his twelve years in office, his regrets (not bringing more manufacturing to Brooklyn), bike lanes (still very skeptical), and the rise of the Brooklyn "cool." Oh, and the fact that Brooklyn is the lesbian capital of the Northeast.
Update: We asked our listeners to weigh in on the "lesbian capital" question.
Twitter challenge: summarize the changes to Brooklyn over the last 12 years in 140 characters. Will read some for @MartyMarkowitz on air.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 10, 2013
Marty Markowitz says that he regrets not being able to bring more manufacturing to Brooklyn over the last 12 years.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 10, 2013
Marty Markowitz says "one look at me" shows that the organic, healthy eating revolution based in BK hasn't reached him.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 10, 2013
Marty Markowitz just claimed Brooklyn= the lesbian capital of the NE on @BrianLehrer. Northampton is rolling its sleeves up for a fight.— John K. Yulelogdgman (@hodgman) December 10, 2013