A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 26, 2011
Boulevard of Broken Hearts or Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Wall Street)

A book by Howard M. Wachtel was titled Street of Dreams: Boulevard of Broken Hearts; Wall Street’s First Century (2003). The nickname “Boulevard of Broken Hearts” has been very rarely used.

A popular 1934 song was titled “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” Wall Street has been called a “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” since about 1977, but this nickname has been also been rare.

Wall Street has been nicknamed the “Street of Dreams” since at least 1964.


Wikipedia: Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Generally, “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” refers to Sunset Boulevard, due to its historically having both the primary location for live entertainment in the Los Angeles, California metropolitan region and a red-light district.

“Boulevard of Broken Dreams” may also refer to:

Music
. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (song), an Al Dubin/Harry Warren song from the 1934 film Moulin Rouge. In the film, the song sung by Constance Bennett.
. “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” by Connie Boswell used in a video tribute to James Dean.
. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” (Green Day song), a 2004 song by Green Day from their album American Idiot
. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, a 1958 song by Juan García Esquivel
. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, a 1984 song by Hanoi Rocks
. “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, a 1986 song by Brian Setzer
. “Por el boulevar de los sueños rotos” (Spanish for “On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), a 1994 song by Joaquín Sabina
. Boulevard of Broken Dreams, a 1957 album by Ferlin Husky
. Boulevard of Broken Dreams, a 1304 album (and its title track) by Smokie

Google Books
Business Week
1977
Pg. 200:
JANUARY 3
In the first half of 1977 Wall Street could turn out to be a boulevard of broken dreams.

Google Books
New York—World City:
Report of the Twentieth Century Fund Task Force on the Future of New York City : background paper

By Masha Sinnreich; Twentieth Century Fund. Task Force on the Future of New York City.
Cambridge, MA: Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain
1980
Pg. 30:
Even in the Great Depression, when its credit was impaired, Wall Street was a boulevard of broken dreams, and racketeering was rise, the city, led by the indomitable Fiorello La Guardia, managed to pull tself together, rising to new heights during the war and in the early postwar years.

Google Books
U.S. News & World Report
Volume 93, Issues 1-12
1982
Pg. 40:
Likewise, experts say, the euphoria that swept Wall Street could evaporate at any time. As Wachtel of Bache puts it: “We’ve been down the boulevard of broken dreams before.”

OCLC WorldCat record
Street of dreams : boulevard of broken hearts ; Wall Street’s first century
Author: Howard M Wachtel
Publisher: London [u.a.] : Pluto, 2003.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

Posted by Barry Popik
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