The main floor of the museum was taken up by televisions live streaming the inauguration of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams that was being conducted on the museum's third floor. The third floor was hard to get into as the seats were filled with dignitaries and the aisles were lined with press and photographers.
Following a performance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Charles Schumer, among several other representatives, helped introduce Adams before he was sworn into office by Kings Country Supreme Court Justice Bruce Balter and New York Civil Court Justice Dakota Ramseur.
"Eric is breaking that glass ceiling being the first African American borough president," Schumer said.
Acclaimed actor Jeffrey Wright was moderator of the inauguration.
"I'm starstruck because Chirlane and I are huge Jeffrey Wright fans," said de Blasio, before praising Adams.
Other representatives on hand included Democratic Conference leader Andrea-Stewart Cousins, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Police Commissioner William Bratton, and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, as well as several City Council members, community board chairs and local civic leaders.
There was no shortage of laughter at this inauguration. Adams introduced his speech with a Mike Tyson quote.
"It shall not take me 12 rounds, but I can do it in two," he said.
First and foremost Adams thanked his family. "I got to thank Mommy,” he said. “It is through her that I am focused and committed.”
On a fun note, he thanked his sister for teaching him how to dance.
"I used to have two left feet,” Adams said. “It has been wonderful ever since."
Throughout the inauguration, many speakers teased that there's only one Mr. Brooklyn, and that it's none other than Marty Markowitz.
"I hope he keeps the legacy of Marty Markowitz alive and continues to support our programs, which included a million dollars to build our own location," said Erin Drinkwater, executive director of the Community Pride Center in Brooklyn.
Lamda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn president Mathew McMorrow expects to see Adams continue on with the good things Markowitz has been working on.
“Many communities in Brooklyn haven't benefitted," McMorrow said. “I want to see him bring communities in Brooklyn together.”
Adams also praised Markowitz for his commendable job in office.
"Everyone wrote off Brooklyn,” Adams said. “People told us what we couldn't be. Committed and dedicated, he didn't let his eye get in front of his heart. His shoes are filled and complete. I am going to bring my own pair."