Metro asked former Borough President Marty Markowitz what are the Marty Must-Do’s for the Borough of Kings. We asked him for five, or six or seven for Hillary Clinton, but once you wind up Markowitz on the subject of Brooklyn, there’s no stopping the 70-year-old longtime public servant. Markowitz, by the way, is now Vice President of Borough Promotion and Engagement for NYC & Company, the city’s tourism agency.
Juniors, 386 Flatbush Avenue Ext., (718) 852-5257
“Juniors would be a must and I am ready to share a slice of strawberry cheesecake anytime she wants.”
Coney Island amusement parks.
“The boardwalk, the rides, and of course the obligatory frankfurter at Nathan’s, naturally, and the French Fries.”
Tatiana’s Restaurant and Nightclub, 3152 Brighton 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11235 (718) 891-5151
“It is one of the largest, if not the largest, Russian night clubs in America.”
“We have a billion restaurants in Brooklyn,” he says, but here are the ones that get his shout out:
“The slowest fast food restaurant” — but the Roast Beef is tops.
Brennan and Carr . 3432 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11229 (718) 646-9559
“The oldest roast beef house we have in New York.”
“Sophie’s Choice was filmed there. It’s a beautiful area.”
Smorgasburg, North Sixth and Seventh Streets on the East River (close to Kent Avenue).
The open-air food market is on the Williamsburg waterfront.
1000 Dean Street.
Historic black churches in Bed Stuy.
Christian Cultural Center in Flatlands.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (718) 963-3369
“It’s not your grandfather’s bowling alley.”
“It was founded by three Latinas and is hugely successful.”
The amazing ethnic diversity; and 8th Ave. ChinaTown, one of three ChinaTowns in Brooklyn.