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 06, 2011
Diaper District

A “diaper district” is a neighborhood that is filled with many new families (especially those including diaper-age children).  The New York (NY) Times coined the name “Diaper District” in a February 20, 2009 article by Vivian S. Toy about families living in the financial district. (The headline now reads only “The Financial District Attracts Families” on the Internet version.)

The nickname “diaper district” is not an official one and could also apply to Park Slope or Williamsburg.


New York (NY) Times
The Financial District Attracts Families
By VIVIAN S. TOY
Published: February 20, 2009
THE doormen at 80 John Street in the Financial District counted 22 new babies in the 147-unit building last year.

Gothamist
Upswing of Families in Financial District
By Jen Chung in News on February 22, 2009 2:33 PM
The financial firms may be doing poorly on Wall Street, but there’s a baby boom in the Financial District! The NY Times dubs the area the “Diaper District” and speaks to doormen at condo 80 John Street who say 22 babies were born to residents last year—"And we have about two or maybe three more expecting. There were so many, we lost count"—as well as parents who explain the migration—"A lot of people that I know from the group lived in rentals in TriBeCa and Battery Park City, and when it came time to buy, they couldn’t afford to stay where they were, but the Financial District offered more space for less money.

The Log of Posts
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Wall Street Financial District becomes The Diaper District:
http://ping.fm/XQFxw
Posted by Shloime at 1:34 PM

Creative Class
Diaper District
by Richard Florida
Thu Feb 26th 2009 at 10:16am
I said “stroller-ville”: I think I like this New York Times moniker even better.

diaper district
celebrating the working downtown NYC mommy from a working downtown NYC mommy
(First post April 1, 2009—ed.)

Curbed NY
Friday, March 12, 2010, by Joey
Downtown Growing Up
Tribeca’s Babylicious boutique is changing its name and expanding to serve an older clientele of children, a signal that the Lower Manhattan “baby boom is starting to age,” Downtown Express writes. The Diaper District is becoming Tweentown already? FiDi bodegas better start upping their Clearasil supplies.

Curbed NY
Tuesday, November 2, 2010, by Joey Arak
Diaper District Growing Up
The Broadsheet Daily takes a look at the burgeoning controversy surrounding the Department of Education’s plans for the Spruce Street School, the public K-8 school being built in the base of Frank Gehry’s Beekman Tower.

The New York Condo Loft
Trendy Babies Taking Over Williamsburg?
by Anthony Longo on January 21, 2011
We all know that Brooklyn is getting cooler by the minute. Are we really going to put babies in the mix? Is Williamsburg going to be the next Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights. Recently, a New York Times article was written about how Williamsburg is becoming baby friendly.  Or as Curbed NY called it “Diaper District.”

Newsday (Long Island, NY)
Mayor touts lower Manhattan’s comeback
Originally published: September 6, 2011 2:02 PM
Updated: September 6, 2011 10:12 PM
By EMILY NGO. Special to Newsday
(...)
So many families call the financial district home that it’s been nicknamed the Diaper District, said Leigh Devine, a downtown resident.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Tuesday, September 06, 2011 • Permalink