Good morning. Today is the 256th day of the year. It’s been a long time since there were woods near Sheepshead Bay, but that’s where a kidnapped girl, Ellen Nagorsky of Midwood, was found by police, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of September 12, 1901. The girl was also described as having been nearly stung to death by mosquitoes. Police said they were closing in on the kidnappers.
Well-known people who were born today include singer Jennifer Hudson, country singer George Jones (“He Stopped Loving Her Today”), singer Maria Muldaur (“Midnight at the Oasis”), actor Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos,” “Risky Business”) and U.S Senator Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts).
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On the day following the anniversary of 9/11/2001, it could be interesting to look at Brooklyn’s unique perspective on the tragic events of that day 11 years ago. It encompassed many things: proximity of our uniformed responder forces, who were among the first on the scene; the awful vista of Brooklyn’s Promenade and the views from Brooklyn Heights, where so many watched in horror, yet also in safety, while those observers in lower Manhattan were forced to flee; the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which was closed to vehicular traffic and served as an escape route to so many thousands of pedestrians heading home — not only to Brooklyn but all parts of Long Island; finally, the smoke plumes which were driven by wind across Brooklyn long after the actual events of 9/11.
Among the memorable photographs from that day are those of ash-covered people fleeing on foot across Brooklyn Bridge, with huge plumes still hovering over lower Manhattan. The East River and its Great Bridge served as a buffer for Brooklyn, but to those survivors in lower Manhattan, who faced the tragedy up close, the bridge towers were beacons of escape. Indeed, in the days following the attack on World Trade Center, New York anti-terrorist forces also focused huge protective security on the Brooklyn Bridge itself, because of its value as a uniquely American icon.
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