Brooklyn Today for Feb. 6

Good morning. Today is the 37th day of the year. A headline in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Feb. 6, 1902, read, “Great Freight Terminal To Be Built in Brooklyn: Corporation Buys Eight Blocks of Waterfront Land.” That terminal, stretching from 42nd to 50th streets, became known as the Bush Terminal after the unnamed development company’s president, Irving T. Bush, who was mentioned in the article. The article also said the terminal would “accommodate the biggest ships,” and that goods would be moved around the terminal by railroad.

Shipping activity at the terminal declined after the 1950s with the advent of containerization, and the remaining rail tracks are now operated by the Port Authority. However, the spaces within the buildings are still heavily used as factories, warehouses and offices. The complex is now known as the City of Industry.

Well-known people who were born today include actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, actor Rip Torn, actor-director Robert Townsend (“The Five Heartbeats”), actress Mamie Van Doren (“High School Confidential”), TV journalist Tom Brokaw, singer Fabian (“Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger”) and singer Natalie Cole (“This Will Be Our Everlasting Love,” “Unforgettable”).