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 April 12, 2013
Gravesender (inhabitant of Gravesend, Brooklyn)

"Gravesender” is the name of an inhabitant of Gravesend, in the borough of Brooklyn. The name “Gravesender” has been cited in print since at least 1839.


Wikipedia: Gravesend, Brooklyn
Gravesend is a neighborhood in the south-central section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, USA.

5 October 1839, New-York (NY) Commercial Advertiser, pg. 1, col. 8:
From the Long Island Star.
Governor Seward’s Visit.

(...)
One of the Gravesenders inquired if Gov. S. was born on Long Island.

7 November 1893, Hartford (CT) Courant, “The Gravesend Affair,” pg. 6:
According to the leading democratic newspaper of Brooklyn, it is 2000 in excess of the total number of male Gravesenders of voting age.

Google Books
Gaynor, the Tammany mayor who swallowed the tiger:
Lawyer, Judge, Philosopher

By Louis H. Pink
New York, NY: International Press
1931
Pg. 72:
To rebuke the political outlawry it was necessary to vote for Schieren and Gaynor. McKane though idolized by his Gravesenders had shot his bolt too far.

Google Books
Brooklyn-- and how it got that way
By David W. McCullough
New York, NY: Dial Press
1983
Pg. 13:
Some Gravesenders themselves might actually have been uneasy in their freedom.

Google Books
Coney Island:
The People’s Playground

By Michael Immers
Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press
2002
Pg. 13:
By the 1840s a sufficient number of excursionists were arriving by carriage to cause some misgivings among the Gravesenders.

Google Books
Gravesend, Brooklyn
By Joseph Ditta
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.
2009
Pg. 10:
Soon many Gravesenders moved on to other ventures.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Friday, April 12, 2013 • Permalink