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 May 13, 2005
E-Z Pass
"E-Z Pass" (or "E-ZPass," but I prefer to add the space) lets you go through bridges and tunnels without stopping. Your plate is automatically recorded and you'll get a bill, but the system is designed to save time and trouble.

Many people (especially from out-of-state) put clear plastic covers over their plates and are shocked to receive $65 fines for that. E-Z Pass is one reason why it's illegal to cover license plates, even if it's a clear plastic that was intended simply to protect the plate.

E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system, which takes cash, coins and toll tickets out of the toll collection process. Instead, drivers establish an account, prepay tolls and attach a small electronic device to their vehicles. Tolls are automatically deducted from the prepaid account as an E-ZPass customer passes through the toll lane.

9 September 1992, New York Times, pg. D1:
Electronic Toll-Taking
Is Being Put to the Test
If the plan proceeds as anticipated, the E-Z Pass system, as it has been (Continued on Page D4) named, will be offered on some roadways, bridges and tunnels next year.

27 October 1997, New York Times, pg. B1:
E-Z Pass to Start at Hudson River Tunnels

Just after midnight tonight, an electronic cordon around New York City will be complete when the E-Z Pass system is switched on at the toll plazas of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. For the first time, commuters will be able to drive to and from the city by any route without having to dig for dollar bills, scrounge for coins or hold up traffic asking for a receipt.

21 December 1997, New York Times, pg. NJ8:
E-Z Pass:
The Early Reviews

Word Mark E-ZPASS
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 039. US 105. G & S: services provided to others; namely, collection of tolls, fares and other fees using an electronic system to expedite passage of such others through a collection facility
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 74359237
Filing Date February 16, 1993
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition July 27, 1993
Owner (APPLICANT) Port Authority of New York and New Jersey BODY CORPORATE AND POLITIC NEW YORK One World Trade Center New York NEW YORK 10048
Attorney of Record George B. Snyder
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date October 20, 1996
Posted by Barry Popik
Transportation • (0) Comments • Friday, May 13, 2005 • Permalink