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 06, 2013
Murray Hiller (inhabitant of Murray Hill, Manhattan)

"Murray Hiller” is the name of an inhabitant of Murray Hill, in the borough of Manhattan. The name “Murray Hiller” has been cited in print since at least 1870.


Wikipedia: Murray Hill, Manhattan
Murray Hill is a Midtown Manhattan neighborhood in New York City, United States. Around 1987 many real estate promoters of the neighborhood and newer residents described the boundaries as within East 34th Street, East 42nd Street, Madison Avenue, and the East River; in 1999, Frank P. Vardy, the demographer for the City Planning Commission, said that the traditional boundary is within East 34th Street, East 40th Street, Madison Avenue, and Third Avenue. The neighborhood is part of Manhattan Community Board 6.

1 January 1870, Springfield (MA) Daily Republican, “Mr. Greeley Preaching Temperance Among the Grog Shops,” pg. 4, col. 5:
In fact, there is a constant reciprocal interchange of social material between those two noted localities—Murray hill families, through much drinking of liquor, sinking to the fourth ward; and the fourth ward families, through much selling of liquor, rising to Murray hill—where, as the wife of one of the newly-risen Murray hillers lately said, they “live in a perfect delirium tremens of splendor.”

15 March 1873, Baltimore (MA) Bulletin, “New York Letter,” pg. 1, col. 4:
The dreadful monstrosities would swing around and show their paste-board voids, and the fireworks gave such a prevoyance of the Fourth of July as to disgust the dainty noses of the Murray Hillers.

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17 June 1914, Boston (MA) Evening Transcript, “A Beacon Hill for New York” by Franklin Clarkin, pg. 21(?), col. 4:
Probably the Murray Hillers resisted the automobile and kept to horses longer than any other New Yorkers—almost to the last Mr. Morgan went to his office in a horse-drawn coupe.

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Yearbook - New York County Lawyers’ Association
1955
Pg. 225:
The item on page 2 of the publication appears in a gossip column consisting of 22 items, the fifth item reading as follows : “Lawyer A. B. managed to negotiate an amicable reconciliation between two Murray Hillers.”

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Elegant New York:
The builders and the buildings, 1885-1915

By John Tauranac and Christopher Little
New York, NY: Abbeville Press
1985
Pg. 73:
Adding to the discomfort of Murray Hillers, one of their own broke the covenant.

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Zagat New York City Restaurant Survey
New York, NY: Zagat Survey
2003
Pg. 130:
Murray Hillers turn to this “authentic French bistro” for “honest”, “traditional” “comfort cuisine” that’s “worth every calorie” — and every franc; the “congenial staff” and “understated”, “cozy” setting make it a fine date place.

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Based Upon Availability:
A Novel

By Alix Strauss
New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers
2010
Pg. 131:
She’s a Murray Hiller, East Thirties, and according to her grandmother, the only bonus to living in her area is that it’s near several hospitals.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Saturday, April 06, 2013 • Permalink