This past Wednesday, Shore Fire paid a visit to our next door neighbor, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and received a lovely tour of his offices at Borough Hall. Our tour guide John showed off the building’s ceremonial courtroom (site of many Law & Order and film shoots), the old tomb-like jail cells in the basement of the building, the painting of a former Brooklyn mayor with a ghost in the background, and most importantly, the gift shop (which i’m obliged to say is open from 10am-6pm daily).
He also explained the quirky (and heretofore unknown to me) origin of the name of Brooklyn’s baseball team, The Dodgers: Back in the old days, Manhattan had the subways while Brooklynites still had to ride on- and avoid getting run over by- street trolleys. Thus, Brooklynites were trolley-dodgers (the first iteration of “Bridge and Tunnel-ers”, i suppose). The baseball team co-opted the derogatory term and made it their own.
Mr. Markowitz chatted with us for a bit, took a roll call of Shore Fire Brooklynites, handed out some lapel pins, and congratulated us on almost two decades in the borough.