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Downturn, down spirits

for The Brooklyn Paper

There was lots of doom and gloom at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce “Economic Outlook Breakfast” at the Brooklyn Marriott on Tuesday morning. Our reporter, Mike McLaughlin, button-holed some of the paricipants and found that some people are still looking on the bright side of these dark times.

“I’m not filled with pessimism, but it was a very dour forecast for New York City. The real-estate downturn is a cause for alarm. Real attention has to be paid to the small business sector.” Bob Zuckerman, executive director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy and City Council candidate.

“This year, there’s a lot more pessimism, but I’m optimistic because I heard a lot about industrial activity, which is good for me and my business.” Michael White, manager, North Brooklyn Industrial Zone

“We’ll know in a few months. We have written a few proposals and if they come through, the first quarter will be good. We’ve been through recessions before.” Peter Levinson, president, Levinson Block, a marketing company

“I’m optimistic because I have a lot of ideas in place. We’ve had downsizing, but that was to be expected.” C.C. Arcuri, in finance

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