Brooklyn’s former Borough President Marty Markowitz loves Harlem. He told MyFoxNy, “How can you not go to Harlem? You have to … it’s one of the ultimate New York experiences. I’m a Brooklyn boy. And if I’m saying that, I mean it.”
Markowitz is now New York City’s vice president of borough promotion and engagement. As an ongoing project, Markowtiz is making promotional videos of a neighborhood every month. The focus in January is Harlem. Of course, the video features landmark venues like the Apollo theater and the Cotton Club, but interviews with residents are also important aspects of the short films. Those interviewed speak of the historical importance of Harlem but discuss ways that it is vital and ever changing.
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“It’s the African American contribution to the richness of America today and yesterday.”
Marty Markowitz was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and his father was a waiter at Sid’s kosher delicatessen. He passed away when Marty was nine, and his mother, Dorothy moved with her children to pubic housing at Sheepshead bay. Markowitz earned a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, served as a state senator for 23 years and in 2001, was elected as Brooklyn’s Borough President.