From the Brooklyn Aerie: February 1, 2012
It’s hard to explain to people who do not already know, that New York’s famous egg cream contains neither eggs nor cream.
There are two famous Brooklynites with the name of Kaminsky who made good in the entertainment field. One was Danny Kaye, born with the name Daniel Kaminsky. The other was Mel Brooks, whose original name was Melvin Kaminsky.
In the early 1950s, workers who had been employed by the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II sued the U.S. Government for compensation because they had worked under conditions where they were exposed to asbestos.
Yes, it’s true, there was a church in Carroll Gardens built in the shape of a lighthouse. It was the Catholic Seamen’s Institute, constructed in 1943 when the area bustled with maritime activity, and built as “a moral beacon… a challenge of the church to the barrooms of the river front.”