Will You Be My Neighbor, Mr. Borough President?

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At the ripe old age of 64, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz has finally become a man – at least in real estate terms.

On November 30, Markowitz and his wife, Jamie, bought their first home for $1.45 million on a tree-lined, Windsor Terrace street, just one block from Prospect Park. "I've always been a tenant, all my life. This is the first time I'm a property owner," Markowitz told The New York Daily News.
Markowitz plans to box up his Park Slope rental apartment and head to his new 3,067 square-foot digs in January – a move that his neighbors eagerly anticipate. "It means we'll be plowed early and we'll have our garbage picked up," said Jenny Vanegas, who lives on the opposite side of the street. And considering that Markotwitz partially covered his down payment with settlement money from a slip-and-fall case, my guess is that Vanegas wont' be disappointed.

The rest of us Brooklyn renters, however, will be right where Markowitz left us – lying awake at 5am as the frat boys downstairs blast Beatles guitar hero and hoping that someday, someday a city official will move in next door.
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