Photos by Tony Napoli for Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn
Last night, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Marty Markowitz and Turkish Consul General M. Levent Biligen hosted an evening of food and entertainment at Borough Hall's annual Turkish Cultural Celebration. Brooklyn has a wonderful, vibrant and growing Turkish American community. Entertainment was provided by the Mehter, Ottoman Military Band, the Ankara Greater Municipality Folk Dance Group and the New York Gypsy All-Stars. It was a lovely spring Thursday evening. Passing through on the way home after a long day at work and workout at NYSC, I couldn't help but linger to witness the dramatic music and march of the Ottoman band, the wonderful costumes and friendly crowds. A couple of European tourists stopped me and asked "Does this type of event always happen in Brooklyn?" Happily, it does. Marty Markowitz does it again: Brooklyn's biggest booster -- and showman extraordinaire.