Brooklyn Today: May 25, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 146th day of the year. On May 25, 1883, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an editorial tribute to Emily Roebling called “The Bridge: a Monument of Womanly Devotion." When her husband, engineer Washington Roebling, became ill, Emily stepped in as “the first woman field engineer” and basically oversaw the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Well-known people who were born today include singer-songwriter Jessi Colter, actress Anna Heche, singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall, actress Connie Sellecca and actress Leslie Uggams.

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From tomorrow through Monday, four tall ships, four foreign navy vessels and two U.S. Coast Guard cutters will be open for public visits at the Red Hook Marine Terminal as part of the OpSail celebration. For more information, visit “Brooklyn tourism is proud to be 'all hands on deck,’” said Borough President Marty Markowitz. ... Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and their families are invited to serve as deputy grand marshals and march in the Kings County Memorial Day Parade on Monday. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. on 87th Street and Third Avenue. After the march, a memorial service that includes a 21-gun salute and "Taps" will be held in John Paul Jones Park on 101st Street and Fourth Avenue. ... Also on Monday, the Court Street Merchants Association and local residents will ceremonially place a wreath at the Carroll Park War Memorial in remembrance of those who have fallen in combat. The ceremony will take place at noon.

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Sheepshead Bites reprints two letters from 1905 — one from Sheepshead Bay librarian Asa Don Dickinson to author Mark Twain, and another from Twain back to Dickinson. The librarian alerted Twain to the fact that some community residents were objecting to the inclusion of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” in the children’s library, saying they contained material inappropriate for children. The writer replied that the two books were indeed written for adults, but added, tongue in cheek, that many of the stories in the Bible are also inappropriate for children.

On Sunday, according to the Daily News, more than a thousand New Yorkers will converge on Williamsburg dressed as zombies for the annual NYC Zombie Pub Crawl. The crawl will start at Trash Bar (256 Grand St.) and Grand Victory (245 Grand St.), where participants can get into character with zombie makeovers. The undead horde will then proceed onto Bedford Avenue into McCarren Park.