Brooklyn Today: May 22, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 143rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of May 22, 1879, reported on “an exciting six-day walking match” around a skating rink — professional sports were still in their infancy. The winner had been walking for 247 miles — no word on whether there were rest periods. There was also a “side walking match” of 15 miles, for a prize of $50.

Well-known people who were born today include French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour, model Naomi Campbell, former baseball player Tommy John, Brooklyn-born composer and pianist Peter Nero, and movie critic Judith Crist.

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Tonight at Borough Hall at 6 p.m., there will be a public meeting on the Barclays Center transportation management plan, which is aimed at reducing driving to the area. The meeting is co-sponsored by Barclays Center and Brooklyn Community Boards 2, 6 and 8. Representatives of Forest City Ratner, the MTA and the Long Island Rail Road are expected to make presentations. ... Tonight at 7 p.m., the 84th Precinct Community Council will have its next scheduled monthly meeting at St. James Cathedral Pavilion, 240 Jay St., Concord Village. It will contain a precinct crime report, a Transit Police report, a Cop of the Month award and more. ... Tonight at 7 p.m., the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, will present a book-launch reading for “Menage” by Alix Kates Shulman. The book is a novel about a love triangle between a wealthy couple and an exiled writer.

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Police yesterday were looking for an attacker who was firing darts in Bath Beach on Sunday evening, according to NBC New York. Police say one man in his 60s was struck in the back and leg, another man around the same age was hit in the stomach, and a man in his 40s was also hit. The darts appeared to come from a blowgun. The victims were taken to Coney Island Hospital.

According to Gowanus Lounge, Ruby’s Bar on the Coney Island Boardwalk has just finished a major facelift as part of a deal with landlord Zamperla that allows the 77-year-old business to remain in place. Ruby’s owners spent more than $200,000 renovating, gutting the premises and inaugurating a new decor that features discarded wooden planks taken from the boardwalk.