Good morning. Today is the 272nd day of the year. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Sept. 28, 1902, the Long Island Rail Road, between June 25 and Sept. 5 of that year, ran a total of 52,325 trains, and only 10 percent of them were late. We wonder if today’s LIRR can approach that record for lateness.
Well-known people who were born today include actress Brigitte Bardot (“And God Created Woman,” “Viva Maria”), actor Jeffrey Jones (‘Beetlejuice,” ‘Stay Tuned”), singer Ben E. King (“Stand By Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “I Who Have Nothing”) and actress Gwyneth Partlow (“Shakespeare in Love,” “Proof,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley”).
Tonight will be the long-awaited first event at the Barclays Arena – the first of eight concerts by rapper (and part-Nets owner) Jay-Z. ... Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will hold its 20th annual Chile Pepper Fiesta. The Garden’s herb garden will be bright with peppers both sweet and hot; nearly 30 makers of hot sauce, pickles, spices and salsas will be selling their products; and the Garden Cafe will offer a special menu of spicy food. ... Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pratt Institute will present its inaugural Alumni Art and Design Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 200 Willoughby Ave., Clinton Hill. ... On Sunday, the Atlantic Antic will take place between Fourth Avenue and the river. The Eagle has written about the Antic and its attractions several times, but one new addition will be a performance by pioneer rapper Afrika Bambaata as well as old favorites like the Windsor Terrors (who play British Invasion rock) and the French rock band Les Sans Culottes.