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 30, 2004
Diamond District (Diamond & Jewelry Way)
In 1982, 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues was designated "Diamond & Jewelry Way."

Diamond and jewelry stores started moving to 47th Street just after World War II. All those newly married future parents of "baby boomers" had to shop somewhere!


23 October 1952, New York Times, Classifieds, pg. 56, col. 4:
47TH, 54 W (Diamond District)

13 March 1955, New York Times, pg. R1:
DIAMOND DISTRICT
IS SPREADING OUT

47th Street Block Between
5th and 6th Avenues Is
Drawing New Tenants
(...)
The jewelry district is expanding on West Forty-seventh Street.
(...)
The Fifth Avenue Jewelers Exchange, sponsored by Julius Furst, was opened on Dec. 16, 1948. It replaced two old brownstone houses on the south side of the street.
Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Thursday, September 30, 2004 • Permalink