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 September 18, 2004
Little Poland (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
"Little Poland" is today Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Various other areas had previously used this name.


Wikipedia: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Greenpoint is the northernmost neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, in the U.S. state of New York. It is bordered on the southwest by Williamsburg at the Bushwick inlet, on the southeast by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and East Williamsburg, on the north by Newtown Creek and Long Island City, Queens at the Pulaski Bridge, and on the west by the East River.

Originally farmland – many of the farm owners' family names, such as Meserole and Calyer, are current street names – the residential core of Greenpoint was built on parcels divided during the 19th century, with rope factories and lumber yards lining the East River to the west, while the northeastern section along the Newtown Creek through East Williamsburg became an industrial maritime reach. It is now known for its large Polish immigrant and Polish-American community, and it is often referred to as "Little Poland."

14 May 1907, New York (NY) Times, pg. 7:
Everybody who resides in the neighborhood of Ninety-seventh Street and First Avenue became interested yesterday in Issy Wishnofksi's horse. To look at the horse, the ordinary man would not consider him in any class that exhibits at Madison Square Garden, for "he is a horseowitz that has no speedsky," as they say over in that classic section known as Little Poland.

5 August 1923, New York (NY) Times, pg. XX4:
The Poles contribute 150,000 to the New York census, and their "Little Polands" dot most of the districts where the foreign-born dwell.

22 June 1984, New York (NY) Times, pg. B2:
Polish Newcomers Revive Dying Greenpoint Customs
(...)
Manhattan Avenue is the heart of what residents call Little Poland. There are Polish meat stores with strings of kielbasi, bakeries with Polish bread and babkas, supermarkets with Polish pickles, jams, dried soups and sauerkraut.

8 July 1987, New York (NY) Times, pg. B5:
Poles are scattered throughout the metropolitan region, but the greatest concentration is in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, known as Little Poland.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Saturday, September 18, 2004 • Permalink