Brooklyn Today: June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Good morning. Today is the 157th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of June 5, 1902, had a story about the Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR’s) plans to put its street-level rail line from East New York to Bay Ridge below ground to avoid dangerous grade crossings. The line, known as the Bay Ridge Freight Line, has traveled through an open “trench” since around 1910 and still carries freight across the borough, although passenger service ended in the 1920s.

Well-known people who were born today include singer Brian McKnight, actor Mark Wahlberg (“Boogie Knights,” “The Departed”), Second Lady Jill Biden and author Ken Follett (“The Eye of the Needle”).

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Brooklyn Community Services will celebrate its 100-year partnership with the New York Times Neediest Cases Fund by honoring Michael Golden, vice president of the New York Times Company, at its 146th anniversary celebration at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan from 6-10 p.m. tonight. Borough President Marty Markowitz and his wife Jamie will serve as honorary co-chairs … Today at 11 a.m. in Borough Hall, Borough President Markowitz and Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman will hold a press conference to announce the seventh annual Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebration scheduled at Borough Hall for June 21. … Today at 6 p.m. at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Learning Center, DeKalb and Hudson avenues, Community Board 2 will hold a Business Improvement District (BID) roundtable. Topics will include marketing initiatives, incentives linked to Barclays Center and local hiring initiatives.

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