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Brooklyn Today for December 18

Good morning. Today is the 352nd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Dec. 18, 1843, carried a letter from P.T. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 17

Good morning. Today is the 351st day of the year. On this day in 1902, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, teachers at P.S. 17 on Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg saved the lives of 180 children by ordering them out of the school when they saw smoke rising from the floorboards. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 13

Good morning. Today is the 347th day of the year. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 11

Good morning. Today is the 345th day of the year. On this day in 1886, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on the start of the tobogganing season at Washington Park. Tobogganing was a sport in which people used a special type of wooden sled to slide down snow-covered hills in the winter. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 9

Good morning. Today is the 343rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Dec. 9, 1902, carried the story of 14-year-old Robert Westphal, who worked in George H. Leyh’s medical supply store on Broadway and was suspected of causing Leyh’s death by poison. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 6

Good morning. Today is the 340th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Dec. 6, 1925, reported that the Manhattan-centered Women’s Democratic Club of New York, allied with Tammany Hall, was starting a drive for members in Brooklyn. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 5

Good morning. Today is the 339th day of the year. It is the anniversary of the tragic fire at the Brooklyn Theater, located on what is now Cadman Plaza West, on Dec. 5, 1876. The fire took the lives of at least 278 people, 103 of whom are buried in a common grave in Green-Wood Cemetery. … Full Article

Brooklyn Daily Eagle for December 4

Good afternoon. Today is the 338th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Dec. 4, 1888, reported that Dr. Francis Tumblety, whom London authorities suspected of being responsible for the “Jack the Ripper” murders, had arrived in New York. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 3

Good morning. Today is the 337th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Dec. 3, 1901, reported that residents of Gowanus, Carroll Gardens and Park Slope were up in arms about the city’s plan to build five new bridges over the Gowanus Canal. … Full Article

Brooklyn Today for December 2

Good morning. Today is the 336th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Dec. 2, 1902, reported that the NYPD’s Deputy Commission Ebstein was investigating Brooklyn police precincts to see whether they were enforcing anti-gambling laws. … Full Article

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