Beyonce In Brooklyn, Helping Substance Abusers

The president of Brooklyn has declared Beyoncé an official Brooklynite.

Borough President Marty Markowitz said Beyoncé is a Brooklynite by marriage and by moxie. Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, is from Brooklyn.

The superstar visited the New York City borough Friday for the opening of the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at a residential substance abuse treatment center.

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Tina Knowles, Beyonce and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Phoenix House in Brooklyn.

The Phoenix House offers programs for residents in carpentry, building maintenance, computer technology and culinary arts.

Beyoncé said she thought it also should have more programs geared toward women. She said her mother’s Houston salon helped so many people feel good about themselves and better their lives.

Beyoncé first spent time at Phoenix House when preparing for the role of Etta James in the 2008 film, “Cadillac Records.”