Brooklyn Today: August 8, 2012

August 6, 2012 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Good morning. Today is the 221st day of the year. On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on what amounted to one of the first moves toward bus services. In Manhattan between the Wall Street and Cortlandt Street ferries, the newspaper announced, Locomobile would offer “wagonette” services for 10 cents per ride. “The providers hope to offer wagonette service in other areas of the city where trolley service is scarce,” the Eagle reported. Locomobile, an early car manufacturer, lasted until 1929 but got out of the bus business fairly early.

Well-known people who were born today include Brooklyn-born actress Connie Stevens (“Hawaiian Eye”), actor Dustin Hoffman (“Rain Man,” “The Graduate,” “Kramer vs. Kramer”), musician The Edge of U2 and country singer-songwriter Mel Tillis.

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Today, GreenBridge, the cormmunity horticulture program of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, will reveal the two winners of the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Every year, the group chooses a residential block and a commercial block. First prize is a $300 check for each winner. Judges include the Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff, horticulture professionals and gardening journalists.

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