By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
High school students may seem a fairly blasé bunch, but a recent visit to meet Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at Borough Hall made a big impression on students from the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s Leadership Institute for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT) enrichment program.
The teens heard from Markowitz himself about his life in politics, the role of a borough president, and, of course, the advantages of living in Brooklyn.
“BP Markowitz told me that if you want something in life, you should strive for it and never let anyone tell you that you can't do something,” said Nayab Shayid, a rising senior at Sheepshead Bay High School, via email. “He said that if you believe in yourself and you work hard for your goals, you will succeed. This was especially significant for me because it made me become independent of mind in deciding whether or not I am good enough for achieving my goals.”
Nayab was impressed with Borough Hall building. “I loved its classic 1800s style. Since I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, I felt as if I had entered Pemberley with its high ceilings, majestic pillars and vintage paintings.”
Nayab’s classmate Meriet Guirgui also fell in love with Borough Hall. “The architecture of the building was amazing. The building's majestic features include the Rotunda's two sweeping staircases and black-and-white marble-tile floor, the Beaux Arts-style Courtroom's gold-leaf domed ceiling and brass and crystal chandeliers.”
Meriet said the most important part of Markowitz’s message was “that we are all working to prepare a great place for future generations who will be living in New York. According to the statistics, many people will be coming to New York and we all have to work together to prepare a great place for them to live.”
Not a bad take-away from an after-school trip.