Brooklyn Today: March 9, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 69th day of the year. It is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads during the Civil War, in which two ironclad ships, the CSS Merrimac and the USS Monitor, exchanged fire for about two hours. Injuries on both sides forced commanders to pull back without a clear victory. Incidentally, the Monitor was built in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Well-known people who were born today include country singer Mickey Gilley, actress Joyce Van Patten, Brooklyn-born actor Emmanuel Lewis (“Webster”) and former baseball player Benito Santiago.
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New York City College of Technology’s Law and Paralegal Club will host a panel discussion today on “Raising the Age of Delinquency in Family Court to 18.” It will take place at the Atrium Amphitheater, 300 Jay St. ... Today, Pratt Institute, whose main campus is in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, will honor five distinguished alumni at a private luncheon in Manhattan. They include Arem Duplessis, design director for The New York Times Magazine; Ik-Joong Kang, global installation artist; Ted Muehling, award-winning designer; Sylvia Placy, world-renowned photographer; and Annabelle Selldorf, principal of Selldorf Architects. ... Tomorrow, North Brooklyn Runners has partnered with the Open Space Alliance to host the McCarren Park Track Classic. For only $10, runners can register for up to three of the 14 events. The track meet begins at 9:30 a.m.  ...  Tomorrow evening from 6 to 9 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary African Diapsoran Arts is presenting the opening reception for “The Box That Rocks:  30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hip Hop Music and Culture.”  Present at the reception will be hip-hop icon Ralph Daniels, Nike designer Bobbito Garcia and pioneer graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy.
March 9, 2012 - 9:47am



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