Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz loves so many things, it's hard to keep track of them all: Zambonis, bike lanes in the sky, indie rock, sex dancing, stoop wine, and romantic vacations. But you know what he loves even more than all those favorite things? Aretha Franklin, who is set to perform her first Brooklyn concert ever tonight.
Franklin will perform tonight in Coney Island as part of Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concert series. "I know I speak for all Brooklynites when I say we're thrilled to welcome the Queen of Soul to the County of Kings," said Markowitz, who added that Franklin is the biggest headliner he's gotten yet for the free series, currently in its 33rd year. She was supposed to play in Coney Island last year, but was forced to cancel after fracturing ribs in a fall.
Tonight's concert is expected to begin around 8 p.m. at West 21st Street between the boardwalk and Surf Avenue. Below, check out a vintage clip of Franklin sounding as good as she feels: