Possibly due to quizzical looks over yet another all-expenses-paid trip, or possibly because the city Conflicts of Interest Board just said no, Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz will not be joining Bruce Ratner on a trip to China to lure investors to the Atlantic Yards project through the EB-5 visa program. A spokesman told the Post that Markowitz "supports the group’s mission, wishes it great success and is confident the project will excite even more investors as it moves forward. Markowitz is apparently so bummed out about it that he couldn't even turn the situation into one of his signature puns. Yesterday's zinger will just have to hold us over that much longer.

[UPDATE] The Conflicts of Interest Board told us they ruled the trip permissible, but Markowitz will still "not be accompanying the group."