Good morning. Today is the 24th day of the year. On this day in 1935, the first canned beer went on sale in the U.S. when the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company of Newark, N.J., and the American Can Company produced 2,000 cans. It was an immediate success. By the end of the 1930s, most major breweries had begun using cans. As for the Gottfried Krueger brewery, it was eventually bought by Ballentine.
Well-known people who were born today include comedian Yakov Smirnoff, Brooklyn-born singer Neil Diamond (“Cherry Cherry,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Sweet Caroline”), singer-songwriter Aaron Neville, Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton and U.S Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shawn Donovan.
This evening at the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, author Keshni Kashyrap will discuss Tina’s Mouth, her comic book about the trials and tribulations of a teenager who belongs to an upper-middle-class Hindu-American family in California. Kashyrap is a filmmaker and a contributor to the Daily Beast. …
Today at 11:10 a.m. at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights, professors Emily Horowitz and Arnold Sparr will speak on “The Salem Witch Trials and Modern American Witch Hunts.” The discussion is the first lecture in a series called “Miscarriages of Justice and Wrongful Convictions.” …
This evening at 6:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Bridge Park Community Advisory Council Meeting will meet at 334 Furman St.
Spike Lee has a new film, Red Hook Summer, about a 13-year-old boy from Atlanta who spends the summer with his grandfather in Brooklyn. The grandfather, played by Clarke Peters, is a preacher who tries to inspire a fear of God in his non-believer grandson. The youngster also becomes friendly with a local girl. The film addresses subjects such as gentrification, AIDS, race relations and unemployment, according to the New York Post. During a Q&A after the screening, Lee had strong words to share about Hollywood, saying he funded the film himself because, “I didn’t want to hear no motherf - - king notes from the studio telling me . . . about what a young 13-year-old boy and girl would do in Red Hook. F - - k no... They know nothing about black people. Nothing!”
Police are seeking a 16-year-old youth who went missing on Friday afternoon at Fulton and Adams streets in the Fulton Mall area. He has been identified as Eliezer Alicea, 743 McDonough St., Hispanic, 5’8”, 180 pounds, with a stocky build, brown eyes and black hair. He has a tattoo that reads “Brooklyn” written on his left arm and one that reads “Genesis” on his right wrist. Anyone with information regarding Eliezer Alicea’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).
Ditmas Park residents came together on Sunday to remember Josh Rubin, the neighborhood café owner who disappeared on Halloween, only to be found murdered in Pennsylvania. Rubin was laid to rest last week in Rhode Island, his home state, after he was identified as the man who was shot, set on fire, and dumped on a desolate Pennsylvania road less than 12 hours after he left his home on Lawrence Avenue, according to the Brooklyn Daily.
Thanks to the generosity of people in and around Park Slope, the Park Slope Civic Council collected a record 1,500 toys during this year’s annual Toys for Tots gift collection, breaking the record set in 2010 of 1,100 toys. This community spirit helped to brighten the holiday season for many local children and their families in need, who received the gifts through Christian Help in Park Slope (CHIPS), Project Reach Youth (PRY), Red Hook Lions and St. Augustine’s Church Food Program.