Good morning. Today is the 130th day of the year. On this day in 1950, French statesman Robert Schuman first proposed the European Coal and Steel Community, which came into existence in 1952. The organization was succeeded in 1958 by the European Economic Community, which later evolved into the European Union. At the European Summit in Milan in 1985, this day was proclaimed the “Day of Europe.”
Well-known people who were born today include singer-songwriter Billy Joel (“Just the Way You Are,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”), hockey player Steve Yzerman, director-producer James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, “Taxi”) and actress Glenda Jackson (A Woman in Love, A Touch of Class).
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This evening at 8 p.m., 61 Local at 61 Bergen St. in Cobble Hill will host the premiere of episode 6 of the web series "Eat This NY" (eatthisny.com) from Brian Hoffman. This episode will focus on the best beer in New York and is produced in conjunction with Urban Oyster walking tours. It stars local brewers such as Kelly Taylor, Anderson Sant’anna De Lima and Garrett Oliver. Taps will be pouring beer from Brooklyn Brewery and Kelso, and brewers from all the featured breweries will be at the event to talk shop.
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Police are looking for two suspects in a robbery at 2970 West 27th St. in Brooklyn. On Sunday around 11:50 a.m., the suspects grabbed a 44-year-old man’s cell phone from his hand as he left the elevator. He attempted to follow the suspects, but they pulled out guns, pointed them at the victim and fled. The first suspect is described as being black, between 18 and 25 years old, and wearing a sweatshirt, ski cap, light-colored pants and black shoes. The second is described as being black, also 18 to 25, and wearing a black jacket with green stripes, a white hoodie underneath, blue jeans and red sneakers.
According to Brokelyn, “Brooklyn” as a baby’s name is growing rapidly in popularity. According to a chart that the blog has reproduced from babycenter.com, in 1991 almost no babies were named Brooklyn. By 1999 there were 800, and by 2009, the last year recorded in the chart, there were 2,800. What’s next as a baby name, asks Brokelyn — Gowanus?