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 31, 2006
G-Slope (Gowanus + Park Slope)
For those who prefer to be in Park Slope and not really Gowanus, there's now "G-Slope." Not everyone likes "G-Slope" as a neighborhood nickname, perhaps because it reminds some of "G-spot."

"G-Slope" has been cited in print since 2005.


Wikipedia: Gowanus, Brooklyn
Gowanus is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community Board 6. It is situated roughly between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens on the west and Park Slope on the east. Bounded by Butler Street to the north, the neighborhood runs alongside and surrounds the Gowanus Canal, ending with the Gowanus Expressway to the south where Hamilton Ave meets 17th street. Smith and Bond Street are generally considered the western boundaries, with Fourth Avenue as the eastern boundary. The neighborhood is marked by the elevated Smith-Ninth Street subway station.

Wikipedia: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Park Slope is a neighborhood in the western section of Brooklyn, New York City's most populous borough. Park Slope is roughly bounded by Prospect Park West to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and 15th Street to the south, though other definitions are sometimes offered. It takes its name from its location on the western slope of neighboring Prospect Park. Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue are its primary commercial streets, while its east-west side streets are populated by many historic brownstones. Park Slope has traditionally been subdivided into 3 portion: the North Slope which consists of the "name streets" such as Carroll Street, President St., etc.; the Central Slope which runs from 1st Street to 9th Street and the South Slope which consists of the streets above 9th St. running up to 15th St.

Park Slope is characterized by its historic buildings, top-rated restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as close access to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the Central Library (as well as the Park Slope branch) of the Brooklyn Public Library system.

New York (NY) Times
Goodbye TriBeCa, Hello Gowanus
By JOYCE COHEN
Published: March 20, 2005
(...)
The family is still unclear on what to call their new location. Some say Park Slope, but they prefer Gowanus. "I like people to go, 'Oh, where's that,' " Ms. Millard said. One agent referred to the area as "G Slope."

Curbed
Williamsburg Development Mania Update: G-Slope Beckons
Monday, March 21, 2005, by Lockhart
The NYT hardly has a monopoly on Williamsburg development coverage. Posters on the Wired New York message board offer pages of Billyburg development photos?and conversation. One poster asks, "Like all neighborhoods, space in Willamsburg is finite. With that said, where are the artists and urban explorers gonna go?" Responds another, "My guess would be near and around the Gowanus Canal." (And hey, thanks to Joyce Cohen, the hood's got a hot new name: G-Slope. So best.)

Brownstoner
Here's my favorite part: the broker saying "They're calling it 'G-Slope.'"

Who's calling it that? I googled 'G-Slope' and 'Gowanus' and found a page worth of hits -- all or most of which referred to a March 2005 article, about a couple from Tribeca who bought on 11th Street near 3rd Avenue, who said they heard a broker call it "G-Slope."

So when he says "They're calling it," he means "We're calling it."
Posted by: linusvanpelt at October 31, 2005 10:58 AM
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Wednesday, May 31, 2006 • Permalink