Marty to Address High-Tech Manufacturing, Preservation


It’s unclear whether anything newsy will come out of Marty Markowitz’s state of the borough address tonight since the borough president has already leaked details of the speech to several media outlets. According to the articles, Markowitz’s address will touch on bringing high-tech manufacturing to East New York or Brownsville as well as preserving and renovating a couple of high-profile buildings. The Daily News reports that Markowitz will propose a contest a la the one that’s bringing Cornell to Roosevelt Island that would result in a “high-tech manufacturing zone” in an area with a lot of unemployment, such as East New York or Brownsville: “His first choice would be Apple, a company the beep has courted for years with no success. …But even if Apple continues to snub the borough, Markowitz said a contest similar to the one for an applied sciences grad school with city land and cash available could help lure another high-tech company, perhaps Samsung, LG, or Hewlett Packard.” Meanwhile, Markowitz will announce that a dilapidated building from 1786 on the Erasmus Hall High School campus in Flatbush will be preserved and renovated so that the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry can operate out of it, according to NY1. Part of the building will also become a museum. Markowitz will also announce that he’s going to earmark $1 million for the renovation of the Crown Heights armory at Union and Bedford, according to the Post. The borough president made headlines last year for riding a tricycle into his state of the borough address in order to criticize the proliferation of bike lanes in the city.
Markowitz to Propose Contest for High-Tech Manufacturing in Brownsville, East New York [NY Daily News]
Historic Erasmus High School Building To Be Preserved Under New Plan [NY 1]
Markowitz Donating $1M Towards Reviving Crown Heights Armory [NY Post]
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  • Why does this guy have a job?

  • Instead of trying to rely on a high tech firm moving in to better things in ENY or Brownsville, why not a novel approach of the city doing it??????????????????

  • Sounds like a good idea for the reasons he outlined: there’s a need for employment there, and there is plenty of space. Public/private partnerships that are well-planned and executed have been very effective in the past, and I’m sure that could be the case here as well. It’s worth a shot.

  • Sounds like a good idea for the reasons he outlined: there’s a need for employment there, and there is plenty of space. Public/private partnerships that are well-planned and executed have been very effective in the past, and I’m sure that could be the case here as well. It’s worth a shot.

  • There is as much of a chance of Apple opening in those locations as there is of Mr. Gingrich’s moon base happening. Its nothing more than a political sound bite.

  • There is as much of a chance of Apple opening in those locations as there is of Mr. Gingrich’s moon base happening. Its nothing more than a political sound bite.

  • I can not wait until this clown is done. He’s been wrong on just about every issue, from bike lanes to Atlantic Yards and his ridiculous spectacle last year was an insult to Brooklyn. The fact that Brooklyn is doing so well today has nothing to do with Marty and everything to do with about a million other factors.

  • Go away, Marty. I agree with calling the guy a “clown” but will grant that he’s media savvy. Hoping for another spectacle like the tricycle ride this year so we can once again see him making an a$$ of himself.

  • Is this his last “State of the Borough”? Please say yes. Please say yes.

  • While I am generally not a big fan of Marty, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with his focus on revitalizing the East New York/Brownsville community. As to why he’s proposing it and not the city doing so, that’s obvious: our emperor has no interest in East New York/Brownsville unless it’s to announce that he’s closing another school there. Whether Apple would come there, well …

    Marty’s been all over the lot on Brooklyn issues. Wrong on Atlantic Yards, right on bike lanes and on Bloomie’s dismantling of the school system. I agree that he can be hard to take seriously and that he’s often a buffoon who eats up publicity, but I find it hard to see what the point of attacking him is if he actually proposing to improve one of the poorest, most crime-ridden areas of Brooklyn.

  • schmuck.

    i dont blame any real world execs that dont want to pay this empty toll booth.

  • schmuck.

    i dont blame any real world execs that dont want to pay this empty toll booth.