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 September 18, 2005
Darth Vader Building (Family Court)
The Family Court Building in lower Manhattan has been called the Darth Vader Building by some. It's a gloomy building.

More darkness comes to Family Court
By Ben Krull

On the tenth floor of Manhattan Family Court, where I and other government lawyers have offices, people are crowding their potted plants in front of the few remaining windows. There magnolias, orchids and azaleas soak up the disappearing days of sun left to the courthouse.

Amid the stately government buildings in Downtown Manhattan, the black, angular Family Court — where child abuse, custody, juvenile delinquency and domestic violence cases are heard — is notable for its foreboding appearance. Nicknamed Darth Vader, the building looks more like a prison than a place where troubled families come for help.

Weissman, who aptly has his office in what is known downtown as the Darth Vader building, has gleefully cultivated a reputation as a pugnacious, high-stakes divorce lawyer. Though it would be gauche to revel in it. "I still don't realize I'm a celebrity divorce lawyer," Weissman says.

Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • (0) Comments • Sunday, September 18, 2005 • Permalink