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Markowitz on arena: "It will bring us respect that's overdue"

Borough President Marty Markowitz, in a Newsday article headlined Jay-Z's place: He opens Barclays Center:
For a lifelong Brooklyn resident like Markowitz, the arrival of the borough's first major league sports team since the Brooklyn Dodgers is cause for lengthy celebration. "It will bring us respect that's overdue," he says. "It puts Brooklyn on the national map and gives us a sense of pride. It will bring people together in that way that music and religion and family and sports can -- really bring us together in a common goal to cheer for the team."
Really, hasn't it been a while since Brooklyn was the butt of jokes? Hasn't he heard of tres Brooklyn?