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

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 01, 2013
Brooklynesque

Something (or someone) with the qualities of Brooklyn is “Brooklynesque.” The term “Brooklynesque” has been cited in print since at least 1891, but became popularized since the 1940s.

A similar term is “Manhattanesque.”


Wikipedia: Brooklyn
Brooklyn /ˈbrʊklɪn/ is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, with about 2.5 million people, and the second-largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan). It is also the westernmost county on Long Island. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Brooklyn was an independent city until January 1, 1898 when, according to the Charter of “Greater New York”, Brooklyn was consolidated with the other boroughs to form the modern “City of New York”. It continues to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic groups and cultures predominate.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
4 April 1891, The New York Dramatic Mirror, pg. 3, col. 1:
The Brooklyn Life complimented a bicycle club theatre party on the “thorough decorum which they observed during the play.” This is rich, and Brooklynesque all over.

Google Books
January 1903, The Bookman, pg. 484, col. 2:
“Mr.” Launceley is the Brooklynesque villain of the tale.

14 July 1938, Nevada State Journal (Reno NV), “‘Brooklyn Garbo’ Wins Divorce From Her Luggage-Selling Hubby Who Hit Her” (UP), pg. 1, cols. 2-3:
The sultry-eyed La Gurie walked into the court of Judge Ben Scheinman and in accents as much Brooklynesque as Scandinavian testified that Thomas W. Stewart, her Cucamonga, CaL, luggage-man husband, told her he didn’t love her, emphasized his words with a whack on her cheek, and threatened to thrash her.

28 February 1944, Rockford (IL) Morning Star, “Leave Us Consider Archie, Who Does Things To King’s English” by Frederick C. Othman (United Press Hollywood Correspondent), pg. 12, col. 4:
His pals report that when he was a top-flight radio producer a few years ago, his grammar was as good as anybody’s, his accent not even vaguely Brooklynesque.

8 July 1945, Canton (OH) Repository, “Yanks at Oxford,” pg. 10, col. 3:
THE HALLS OF Oxford University, hallowed by nearly 900 years of student generations, now echo to the clump of G. I. boots, the mingled accents of twangy New Englanders, drawling southerners, Brooklynesque New Yorkers and other voices from all over the United States.

Google News Archive
8 June 1957, St. Petersburg (FL) Times, “TV Key Previews,” pg. 33, col. 3:
He (Art Carney—ed.) croons a Brooklynesque ballad to his best girl, “Mabel.”

Business Insider
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Tuesday, October 01, 2013 • Permalink