Brooklyn Today: November 27, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 332nd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Nov. 27, 1897, carried an article, “Five Murder Mysteries Left by Brooklyn Police for Greater City Police Force.” At that time, Brooklyn was in the process of being absorbed into New York City, and that also went for its police force. These cases included the murder of a drunken printer outside the Saratoga Palace on Fulton Street near Stuyvesant Heights; an “aged miser” who was found dead at his home on South Portland Avenue in Fort Greene; and several other unexplained cases in Flatbush and Williamsburg.

Well-known people who were born today include actress Robin Givens (“Head of the Class”), actor Fisher Stevens (“The Brother From Another Planet”) and film director Kathryn Bigelow.

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Today from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., MetroTech will present its annual Brooklyn tree-lighting ceremony. The Catfish Stew Jazz Band and the Brooklyn Technical High School Choir will entertain with Christmas songs, and even Santa Claus will make an appearance. Bruce Ratner, president and CEO of Forest City Ratner, the developer of MetroTech, and the Rev. Herbert Daughtry of the House of the Lord Church will host the proceedings. There will also be a special presentation by a children’s choir from P.S. 146. The tree itself will be decorated with red lights and white ribbons.