Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 234th day of the year.
On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the Long Island Rail Road planned to build a new trolley line from Greenpoint to Canarsie, replacing a little-used steam railroad line along the same route. At the time, electric trolleys were an up-and-coming mode of transportation, while local steam railway routes were on their way out or were in the process of being converted to subway and elevated lines. Canarsie was a summer beach destination for many Brooklynites, although it didn’t have the rides and other attractions of Coney Island.
Well-known people who were born today include actress Valerie Harper (“Rhoda”), Hall of Fame baseball player Carl Yastrzemski, retired general Norman Schwarzkopf and television journalist Steve Kroft (“60 Minutes”).