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"After years of Brooklyn being snubbed, national names like Apple, JC Penney and Nordstrom are now taking notice, sources say. 'It seems like there's no recession in Brooklyn,' said Dave Cox, owner of the new IHOP, who plans to open in Bed-Stuy, East New York and Williamsburg. Borough President Marty Markowitz welcomes the new restaurants but is red-faced over Brooklyn—with all its tech-savvy dwellers—not already having an Apple store. He said he's negotiating with the computer chain for potential locations in the planned City Point building at Albee Square, the old Williamsburgh Savings Bank tower in Fort Greene, and the lower level of the Municipal Building on Joralemon Street." [NY Post]