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 August 02, 2011
Can Do Shipyard (Brooklyn Navy Yard)

The New York Naval Shipyard (commonly called the Brooklyn Navy Yard) dates to 1801 and was especially active during World War II. “Can Do” was a popular WWII slogan and the Brooklyn Navy Yard was called the “can do (ship)yard.”

The Brooklyn Navy Yard was closed in 1966 and has been repositioned for industrial and residential use.


Wikipedia: Brooklyn Navy Yard
The United States Navy Yard, New York–better known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard or the New York Naval Shipyard (NYNSY)–was an American shipyard located in Brooklyn, 1.7 miles (2.7 km) northeast of the Battery on the East River in Wallabout Basin, a semicircular bend of the river across from Corlear’s Hook in Manhattan. It was bounded by Navy Street, Flushing and Kent Avenues, and at the height of its production of U.S. Navy warships it covered over 200 acres (0.81 km2).

16 May 1952, New York (NY) Times, “Repairs to Wasp to cost $1,000,000” by Peter Kihss, pg. 8:
Admiral Cowdrey told reporters the job “shows New York is a ‘Can Do’ Yard.”

Google News Archive
19 December 1960, Toledo (OH) Blade, “Its Motto Is “Can Do’: Brooklyn Navy Yard Built 1st Warship For U.S, in 1798,” pg. 15, cols. 1-2:
Over a proud history dating back before the War of 1812 it has amply justified its slogan, “the can-do yard,” which is blazoned on its huge hammerhead crane, capable of lifting hundreds of tons and one of the largest in the world.

26 February 1961, New York (NY) Times, “Navy Yard Marks Its 1801 Founding; In 160 Years Installation Has Grown to Big Complex on the East River,” pg. S14:
The New York Naval Shipyard, better known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, quietly observed its 160th anniversary last week.
(...)
Although the yard personnel take pride in the motto “The Can-Do Shipyard,” the future of the yard appears to be clouded by persistent rumors that its activities may be ended entirely by the end of the year, or may be curtailed severely through a process of attrition that would have it build or repair fewer and fewer vessels.

Google News Archive
25 June 1966, Toledo (OH) Blade, “Admiral Weeps As Brooklyn Navy Yard Closes,” sec. A, pg. 17, cols. 2-3:
In World War II—when it repaired more than 5,000 ships, converted 250 others, built three battleships and four aircraft carriers—the yard earned the nickname of the “can do” shipyard. The name has stuck, although most often it’s simply known as the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

New York (NY) Daily News
The Navy Yard’s ‘can do’ spirit returns to Brooklyn with new businesses
Denis Hamill
Thursday, July 28th 2011, 4:00 AM
It’s “Can Do” all over again at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

At its peak during WWII locals nicknamed the Brooklyn Navy Yard the “Can Do Shipyard” because with 71,000 workers - 5,000 of them gritty, patriotic “Rosie the Riveter"-era women employed in the war effort as welders, electricians, pipefitters, parts inspectors and truck drivers - Brooklyn built 17 battleships and carriers including the USS Missouri upon which the Japanese would eventually surrender, retooled another 250 to battle worthiness, and repaired some 5,000 U.S. Navy vessels wounded in the Atlantic.

Nothing was impossible in America. Especially when you attacked us.

The slogan of the war was “We Can Do It.” And during WWII the Brooklyn Navy Yard won six E flags for Excellence from the United States Navy, and boasted a big sign over the main gates that read: “CAN DO.”

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