Brooklyn Today: August 3, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 216th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Aug. 3, 1902, reported that several new police captains were appointed to Coney Island. One of them, Dennis Driscoll, was said to be in charge of the area’s “red light district.” He had to contend with, among other things, “young girls supporting dissolute men,” public drunks, rooming-house tenants who skipped out without paying rent, and “cadets” (pimps) who “loiter in front of the dance halls,” apparently seeking new “talent.” “This is no Sunday school down here,” the Eagle reporter’s informant told him.

Well-known people who were born today include singer Tony Bennett (“Rags to Riches”), mystery novelist P.D. James, actor Martin Sheen (“Apocalypse Now,” “The West Wing”) and lifestyle consultant and television personality Martha Stewart.

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Tomorrow, the Weeksville Heritage Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant will hold its annual Greening the City event a day of workshops and other activities focused on environmental awareness and urban beautification. It will take place from noon–4 p.m. at the center, 1598 Bergen St., Bedford-Stuyvesant. ... Tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m., the Red Hook Initiative will celebrate 10 years of serving the Red Hook Community. The program was founded in 2002 as an extension of Long Island College Hospital focused mainly on women's health. Eventually the project became an independent non-profit organization.