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 March 16, 2008
Gatbush (Flatbush)

Gatbush is a hip-hop name for Flatbush (particularly East Flatbush), Brooklyn. “Gat” is slang for “gun,” as in “Gatling gun.” East Flatbush is, perhaps, not the safest area of New York City.

The nickname “Gatbush” has been used since at least 2004.


Urban Dictionary
Gatbush
anotha way of sayin’ Flatbush (a crooklyn hood ). referrin to the gat battles that often erupt.
i was walkin’ down nostrand ave. in gatbush the otha day and this nigga was grillin’ ...
by .:Kess:. Feb 13, 2004

Wikipedia: Flatbush, Brooklyn
Flatbush is a community of the Borough of Brooklyn, a part of New York City, consisting of several neighborhoods.
The name Flatbush is an Anglicization of the Dutch language Vladbos (approximately wooded land).
The Flatbush Post Office is assigned postal zone (ZIP Code) 11226, but the area understood as included in Flatbush is rather larger than the postal zone.
The Flatbush communities have traditionally had diverse populations, including large communities of ethnic Italians, Jews and West Indians.
(...)
Neighborhoods within Flatbush include the planned communities of Prospect Park South, Beverly Square West, Beverly Square East, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park and Fiske Terrace. Bordering Flatbush on the north are the community of Crown Heights and the former neighborhood of Pigtown. On the east, within the old town of Flatbush, is East Flatbush, on the west are Kensington and Parkville (formerly Greenfield), and on the south is Midwood. Many consider Midwood to be a part of Flatbush, but historically it was part of the neighboring former towns of New Utrecht, Gravesend and Flatlands. 

Timbo King - lyrics
Artist: (Timbo King f/) Icepick, Self Rachet, Sharecka
Album:  56 Platoon, Vol. 1
Song:  True Talk
Typed by: Tha Masta
(...)
[Outro: Icepick]
B.V.I., yeah
Yeah, East Gatbush, youknowI’msayin’?
50, 56, 57, 58, youknowI’msayin’?
Church Ave, youknowI’msayin’?
Gutter, mothafuckin’ P-City, you know how we do it, baby
Word up, Rachets, Recka, Timbo, word up
What up my niggaz?
East Gatbush, youknowI’msayin’?
50, word up
Yeah…

Streets Are Saying Things
CIPHER7 GTW PR3Z [Oct 26, 2004 at 02:20 PM]
I DIDNT KNO DA NIGGA GOT STYLE LIKE DAT, BUT HE NEEDS TO STOP TOUCHIN MY SHIT! GTW 1UK GNS AOB LM 40K TGS BROOKLYN CRIME HEIGHTS GATBUSH STAND DA FUCK UP! 

Gangsta fa lyfe
rep ya hood
26 Jul 2006
yo its me and im shoutin out to everybody who rep dey hood. I rep Flatbush aka Gatbush. Wat hood do u rep?

RocBattle.com
08-16-2006, 01:54 PM
ESP
Basic Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: GATBUSH, BK

Tell SHEE
NEAL CASS.
GATBUSH
Thursday, Nov 25
u sound good,do you think u fukin wit NINA B.,www.RAVENELRECORDS.com, I would love 2 hear dat battle...keep doin ya thing u only get betta...HOLLA...U sexy az hell 2 WHO’S DA LUCKY man
SHEE writes:
Thanks for the shout Cass. I’m in a class all by myself, don’t forget that!!! I heard a Nina joint, she could spit...but in NYC, everybody could spit that doesn’t necessarily make you special. I own and operate an entertainment services company, I have developed business principles and a range of skills from relationship management to marketing and customer service that I developed over the years, not restricted to the music biz - overall I offer much more to both fans and the industry. I’m a youngin but I have 3 collegiate degrees, I own property, I consult other artists, have endless side-hustles, and in “Gatbush” - I run ish, make no mistake. Nobody messin’ with me, my success isn’t contingent on anyone else...I can’t lose!!! Peace.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Sunday, March 16, 2008 • Permalink