Brooklyn Today: February 27, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 58th day of the year. On this day in 1932, Elizabeth Taylor, one of the best-known movie actresses of the 20th century, was born in London. Taylor first became known to film audiences in 1944, at the age of 12, when she starred in National Velvet. She won Oscars for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Butterfield 8, and won nominations for three other roles. She was also known for being married eight times to seven husbands (she married Richard Burton, her co-star in Cleopatra, twice).
Well-known people who were born today include singer Michael Bolton, broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, consumer advocate and lawyer Ralph Nader, actress Joanne Woodward (Three Faces of  Eve, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge) and former basketball player James Worthy.
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Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Public Safety/Environmental Protection/Permits Committee of Community Board 6 will meet at the Prospect Park YMCA, 357 Ninth St. The committee will consider several requests for permits or renewals for sidewalk cafés. ... Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, will present a reading of stories about economic class from several writers, presented by editor Shelly Reed. ....  The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club will host their annual meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the office of the Fifth Avenue Committee, 621 DeGraw St. Learn more about the group’s activities on the Gowanus Canal and in Red Hook, Staten Island and Long Island City. ... Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Borough Hall, Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) will present a property tax seminar. Representatives of the New York City Department of Finance and the city Tax Commission will be there to answer questions about how people’s properties have been assessed.
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The New York Times recently profiled Brooklyn artist Kevin Cyr, who specializes in painting work vans. He has painted more than 30 vans; and the more dents, rust and graffiti they have, the more “character” he thinks they have. He especially likes Chevrolet and Ford vans of the 1970s.  Cyr’s van paintings will be displayed at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in May.
Two teens were arrested Friday in the case of the 81-year-old man who was robbed by two thieves in the Lorimer Street subway station, then pushed onto the tracks when he tried to chase one of them. The Police Department identified them as Jacqua Sowells, 17, and Taheen Herkul, 15, both of 30 Manhattan Ave.  Earlier, the New York Post interviewed the victim, Andrew Wang, who said he had tried to remember the Chinese martial arts he had learned as a child, but found that he had forgotten them.
McBrooklyn satirically suggests that we rate all New York City workers the way we rate teachers. “To make it work,” says the writer, “we must use a flawed formula and tragically incorrect data. Then we must make sure the workers are sorry they ever set their eyes on this ferocious city by publicly denigrating them.” McBrooklyn ends the post by suggesting that this process start with Mayor Bloomberg.