NEW YORK -- David Daniel Kaminsky, born 73 years ago in Brooklyn, came home to his native borough and told crowds who knew him better as actor-comedian Danny Kaye that 'Brooklyn will be a part of myself forever.'
Kaye was crowned honorary king of Brooklyn by Borough President Howard Golden during an outdoor ceremony at Grand Army Plaza that was held as part of a Welcome Back To Brooklyn street festival Sunday.
'As king, I proclaim all of next week a holiday,' Kaye quipped as he sat in a white throne decorated with gold trim and red velvet cushions. 'All city workers, office workers and school kids take next week off and have a good time.'
Thousands laughed and cheered.
Kaye and Golden were joined on stage by many famous Brooklynites, including actors Jack Gilford and Vincent Gardenia, former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe and former heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson.
'I've been many places and seen many things, but I do not remember ever coming back to a place where I felt the emotion, warmth and friendship that I feel today,' Kaye said. 'Brooklyn will be a part of myself forever, and I will never forget it as long as I live.'