June 13, ‘Tracks on Humboldt St. Uprooted by the City’

June 13, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ban Ki-Moon celebrates his birthday today. AP photo

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 164th day of the year.

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SHAKESPEARE AT SUNSET: King Lear, a free performance, will take place 7 p.m. tonight at Granite Prospect by Theater 2020.  This performance is part of the Shakespeare at Sunset series.

ARTS IN THE GARDEN series kicks off Saturday with a music festival from 1-8 p.m. at the Jane Bailey Memorial Garden.  The festival will include a variety of musical arrangements including New York-style blues, experimental and imaginative jazz and afrotonic sounds.  The event is sponsored by NYRP and BAM.

“TALK CARIBBEAN” town hall meeting will take place 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Leonard’s Church on Putnam Avenue.  The meeting will discuss “diverse issues of mutual concern to the Caribbean Diaspora.”  The guest speaker is Hon. Mia Amor Mottley AC, MP.  

TWO BOOK EVENTS will take place Saturday at BookCourt.  Author Catia Chien will present “A Boy and a Jaguar” for a reading, book signing and art activity at 11 a.m.  Author Alex Wright will present “Cataloging the World” during his release party with a reading and book signing at 7 p.m.  

BLOCK PARTY with Brooklyn Children’s Museum will take place Sunday afternoon at the Pier 6 lawns from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The block party includes a health puppet show and art activities.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Home Improvement” and “Galaxy Quest” actor Tim Allen, who was born in 1953; South Korean UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who was born in 1944; conceptual artist Christo, who was born in 1935; “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” actress Kat Dennings, who was born in 1986; “The Avengers” actor Chris Evans, who was born in 1981; “A Clockwork Orange” actor Malcolm McDowell, who was born in 1943; fashion designer and actress Ashley Olsen, who was born in 1986; fashion designer and actress Mary-Kate Olsen, who was born in 1986; “The Breakfast Club” New York City actress Ally Sheedy, who was born in 1962; “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” actress Stellan Skarsgard, who was born in 1951; and “The Waltons” New York City actor Richard Thomas, who was born in 1951.  

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AVON HERITAGE Duct Tape Festival starts today.  The festival lasts from June 13-15 at Veterans Memorial Park in Avon, Ohio.  This is the 11th annual festival that is meant to celebrate duct tape.  Activities include a Duct Tape Parade and duct tape-centered activities.  

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BLAME SOMEONE ELSE DAY is today.  The holiday is celebrated annually on the first Friday the 13th of every year. The holiday is meant to “share the responsibility and the guilt for the mess we’re in.”

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THE FIRST ROLLER COASTER opened on this day in 1884 at Coney Island, Brooklyn.  The roller coaster, “Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway,” was built by LaMarcus Thompson and the cars traveled at six miles per hour.

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HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13th.  The holiday is believed to be either a lucky or unlucky day.  There is at least one Friday the 13th every year, but no more than five.  The formal name for fear of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia.  Fear of Friday the Thirteenth is paraskavedekatriaphia.  

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NATIONAL HERMIT WEEK is celebrated from June 13-20.  The holiday is meant to celebrate time spent in solitude and living-off-the-grid.

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ON THIS DAY in 1902, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Tracks on Humboldt St. Uprooted by the City.”  The article refers to the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company between Grand Street and Humboldt Avenue.  
“No warning had been given the railroad people, because it was feared that they might attempt to block the work,” the article wrote.  “Common gossip had it that the company was only too glad to have the rails taken up at the city’s expense.”

 

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