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Ratner Gala Fun Continues: Marty’s Wife is "Brooklyn Booster"

April 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

There is more coverage of that Murakami swag story that broke online at Radar about how Borough President Marty Markowitz’s wife “hoarded” Murakami swag after the Bruce Ratner Gala on Thurdsay. Jotham Sederstrom follows up in today’s Daily News. Here’s a sample:

Who knew the first lady of Brooklyn was also its biggest booster? Jamie Markowitz, the wife of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, scooped up eight pricey fiberglass place mats – works of art by pop artist Takashi Murakami – set aside for guests at a glitzy Brooklyn Museum gala. The limited-edition Technicolor mats, which have sold for $1,000 on eBay after a similar event, were included in a grab bag of pricey freebies for guests celebrating the opening of the artist’s three-month exhibition last Thursday.

It’s a little true,” Markowitz laughed Sunday when asked about an item on RadarOnline.com that painted her as a tad greedy. Radar reported that when several guests who didn’t get a mat asked for one of her eight, she replied, “You guys really should have acted faster. This is Brooklyn!

To another, she said, “You snooze, you lose, buddy. Forget it.” …Markowitz wasn’t the only one making a mad dash for the costly dining accessories, according to a witness at the glamorous ball.

Story confirmed, apparently.

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  • 1 Anonymous // Apr 7, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I guess gluttony, like misery, loves company too. Go, Jamie! Make us proud to be from Brooklyn. Thank goodness for term limits.