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 June 05, 2005
Gold Coast
"Gold Coast" is used more often in Chicago than it is in New York. Here, it's the upper east side, along the Museum Mile. Or the "Gold Coast" can be the upper west side.

Frankly, it's just about everyone a studio apartment sells for half a million dollars, if you ask me.

30 March 1932, New York Times, pg. 3:
Competition for stamps on the east side was keen and great activity was reported from the midtown district and the so-called "gold coast" district on the upper east side.

24 April 1932, New York Times, pg. SM8:
If the Gold Coast was impersonal, Greenwich Village clung to an attitude which may be called friendly, provincial or communistic according to your prejudices.

21 March 1950, New York Times, pg. 32:
Another area chairman, who operates in what the committee calls the "East Side gold coast" section, signed up volunteers while sitting in a wheel chair with her crutches beside her.

26 April 1965, Los Angeles Times, pg. N21:
This is Manhattan's East Harlem, Spanish Harlem, flanked on one side by Negro Central Harlem, on another by the wealth of the East Side gold coast.

20 March 1968, New York Times, pg. 34:
Mr. Burns, the vice chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on Crime, told the crowd that the East Side had become "the gold coast for the drug addict and the professional thief."

11 March 1979, New York Times, letters, pg. R2:
New York City is a very large place, and its boundaries extend far beyond the East Side "gold coast" section of Manhattan.

8 August 1980, New York , pg. C26:
"Manhattan's Gold Coast" meets in front of the old Duke mansion (now New York University's Institute of Fine Arts), at Fifth Avenue and 78th Street, and wanders through the affluent East Side and its many museums.

2 April 1988, New York Times, pg. 26:
"You're not used to seeing vacancies like this on Madison Avenue; it's the Gold Coast," said Larry Meltzer of Sulzberger-Rolfe Inc., a real-estate management concern.

23 April 1989, New York Times, pg. SMA34:
Then there is the Urban Gold Coast, which comprises New York City's Upper East Side and Upper West Side, both of which have a heavy representation of the rich.

16 October 1994, New York Times, "Museum Mile Still Growing," pg. CY6:
"Often museums are landlocked or landmarked or both. That's the price we pay for being on the Gold Coast."
(Steven Rooney, a deputy director of the International Center for Photography - ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Sunday, June 05, 2005 • Permalink