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 October 12, 2004
Little Rumania
The Lower East Side also had a "Little Rumania." The first citation below is for an East Side establishment called "Little Rumania."


New York Nights
by Stephen Graham
New York: George H. Doran Company
1927
Pg. 30: Not far away, but on the other side of the (Pg. 31 - ed.)rushing coursing Avenue is Little Rumania, made famous in part by the custom and pen of Mr. Konrad Bercovici, but much more by the owner Moskowitz, who is one of the most charming Jews I ever met. The most likely place for a proprietor of a restaurant is near the cash register, but Moskowitz is not there. He is almost always behind his dulcimer which he loves like an only child. Little Rumania is not a night club. Again, it is not quite itself till after the dining crowd has filtered out, leaving the habitues behind. Then it changes into a sort of cabaret, and the playing of Moskowitz and the singing of a Jewish chansonist become the attractive features of trhe place. It is most alive after the theatre, and becomes thronged with artistic elements of the East Side.

The WPA Guide to New York City
New York: Random House
1939
New York: Pantheon Books
1982
Pg. 109: Little Rumania, for instance, centering around Allen Street, was one of the most distinct and interesting quarters during the 1890's.
Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Tuesday, October 12, 2004 • Permalink