Friday, September 05, 2008

In Marty's Brooklyn!!, no mention of Ratner's "Brooklyn Day"

I've written more than once about Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's promotional Brooklyn!! publication, which includes a plethora of events and people but typically downplays Markowitz's support of the controversial Atlantic Yards project.

The same pattern recurs in the Fall 2008 edition (cover below), which promotes the 3rd annual Brooklyn Book Festival (the lineup looks terrific) and contains items saluting, among many events, Bastille Day, National Health Day, the protest against a homeless shelter, a John Legend concert, "Lighten Up, Brooklyn," the Boricua Festival, and the opening of the Ikea store in Red Hook.

And that's just (part of) page 3.

Conspicuously absent is any mention of Brooklyn Day, the Forest City Ratner-sponsored event June 5 at Borough Hall, where Markowitz, with an embattled edge in his voice, defended the Atlantic Yards project. (Photo by Tracy Collins)

The only mention in Brooklyn!! of Atlantic Yards is an item, on p. 29 (of 32), about A. Stein Meat Products of Sunset Park, maker of the "Brooklyn Burger," described as "the official burger of the Cyclones and the soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets."

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