Brooklyn Today: March 30, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 90th day of the year. On this day in 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long first used anesthetic in surgery. He got the idea from seeing people who used “laughing gas” recreationally and observed that they felt no pain.
Well-known people who were born today include actor John Astin (“The Addams Family”), singer Celine Dion, singer Norah Jones (a resident of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn), singer Tracy Chapman (“Fast Car”) and singer-guitarist Eric Clapton (“Layla,” “After Midnight”).
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Tomorrow night at 8 p.m., the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College presents the Red Star/Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble. This company of 70 singers, dancers and musicians has been performing worldwide for decades. ... Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., several Downtown-area neighborhood associations and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign are sponsoring the BK Gateway Transportation Workshop. It will take place at the Brooklyn YWCA, 30 Third Ave., Boerum Hill. The agenda is described as “calmer streets, safer sidewalks and better bike lanes.” ... Luna Park in Coney Island is kicking off its 2012 season this Sunday at noon. The first 100 guests can ride for free on the Cyclone, and Borough President Marty Markowitz will christen the Cyclone with a bottle containing a Brooklyn egg cream.
March 30, 2012 - 9:48am



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