Good morning. Today is the 320th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Nov. 15, 1873, talked about the new fountain in the middle of Grand Army Plaza. The hand-operated fountain was illuminated by gaslights visible through colored glass windows. The mayor of Brooklyn criticized the heavy water use of the fountain, which often pumped up to 60,000 gallons an hour. In 1897, this fountain was replaced by one that was powered by electricity. The current fountain dates to 1932.
Well-known people who were born today include actor Ed Asner (“Lou Grant”), singer Petula Clark (“Downtown,” “I Know a Place”), actor Yaphet Kotto (“Midnight Run,” “Blue Collar”), and actor Sam Waterston (“Law & Order,” “The Great Gatsby”).
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Today at 2 p.m., SUNY Downstate will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the third phase of its Advanced Biotechnology Incubator. The incubator, located next to Downstate’s East Flatbush campus, provides space to start-up and early-stage biotech companies. Companies that now occupy Downstate’s incubator employ 99 people, and this phase is expected to add 78 jobs. ... Tonight, Councilman David Greenfield is inviting all Bensonhurst residence to his participatory budgeting meeting at P.S. 205, 6701 20th Ave., at 7 p.m. Participatory budgeting allows residents to decide how $1 million in capital funds are spent on projects in their neighborhood. ... Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 155 Water St., Smart-Up Brooklyn will hold a party “to celebrate the Brooklyn start-up renaissance” at 155 Water St. The party is sponsored by Kurrenci, a type of “money for the internet.” You buy Kurrenci, or earn it though interactions, and can then use it on other locations on the web.