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 March 16, 2008
NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South)

NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South) in Flatbush, Brooklyn has been a neighborhood nickname proposed by a blogger “Brenda from Flatbush” (or “Brenda from Brooklyn") since 2005. The neighborhood nickname was mentioned in a story in the New York Times “City” section on March 16, 2008.

“NoProPaSo”—sounding somewhat Spanish, like the Texas town of “El Paso”—had very limited use before the New York Times article.


Wikipedia: Flatbush, Brooklyn
Flatbush is a community of the Borough of Brooklyn, a part of New York City, consisting of several neighborhoods.
The name Flatbush is an Anglicization of the Dutch language Vladbos (approximately wooded land).
The Flatbush Post Office is assigned postal zone (ZIP Code) 11226, but the area understood as included in Flatbush is rather larger than the postal zone.
The Flatbush communities have traditionally had diverse populations, including large communities of ethnic Italians, Jews and West Indians.
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Neighborhoods within Flatbush include the planned communities of Prospect Park South, Beverly Square West, Beverly Square East, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park and Fiske Terrace. Bordering Flatbush on the north are the community of Crown Heights and the former neighborhood of Pigtown. On the east, within the old town of Flatbush, is East Flatbush, on the west are Kensington and Parkville (formerly Greenfield), and on the south is Midwood. Many consider Midwood to be a part of Flatbush, but historically it was part of the neighboring former towns of New Utrecht, Gravesend and Flatlands. 

Crazy Stable
Something spiritual happens...
Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 02:32AM by Brenda from Brooklyn
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The CrazyStable sulks on a block just north of this mansion-filled enclave, which we nicknamed The Magic Land, for its surreal air of enchantment and distance from its often gritty adjacent environs. (Our own area, between Prospect Park itself and this historic district, calls itself Caton Park, but I dare us to redub ourselves “NoProPaSo,” or “North of Prospect Park South.” I think it has a dashing faux-Spanish rallying-cry sound to it, and it is no sillier as a real-estate-boosting neo-name than “NoLita” or, most absurdly, the “BoCoCa” being tried on by Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens.)

Brownstoner
July 31, 2006
House of the Day: Caton Park Fixer-Upper
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(I’ve dubbed Caton Park “NoProPaSo,” for “North of Prospect Park South,” but so far the moniker hasn’t stuck--hey, it’s no stupider than “BoCoCa”!)
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Posted by: Brenda from Flatbush at July 31, 2006 4:32 PM

Brownstoner
November 8, 2006
New Condo Development for (Not Really) PLG
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Hmmm! The developer’s web link about ‘neighborhoods’ accurately describes Caton Park as ‘bordering Caton and Church Avenues,” but neglects to mention that it is also bordered by Rugby and Buckingham Roads—not even quite contiguous with ‘greater’ PLG. However, it’s nice to see our sliver seemingly used as a source of reflected ‘glory.’ Now maybe they’ll adapt my catchier proposed moniker—NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South)...what, still no takers? Hey, it’s less lame than ‘BoCoCa’!
Posted by: Brenda from Flatbush at November 8, 2006 3:41 PM

Brownstoner
October 2, 2007
Chetrit Stitches Up Hospital Buy for $15 Million
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As for the immediate environs, I suggest coining a new moniker, EaParGro--"East of Parade Grounds.” (No stupider than “BoCoCa”!) We in “Caton Park” (or “NoProPaSo,” that is, “North of Prospect Park South") officially call this neighborhood, “Be Careful Over There,” or, “B-COT.” I understand that, in points northeast of the sector, it is called “SOOPLG” (pronounced “soup-ulgh"), for “South of Prospect Lefferts Gardens.”

By the way, the first person to mass-market a franchise selling jerk chicken AND latte ("Jerk’n’Perk"?) will become a billionaire. Let it begin in B-COT!
Posted by: Brenda from Flatbush at October 2, 2007 1:32 PM

Crazy Stable
Caton Park is in my ears and in my eyes
Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 10:03AM by Brenda from Brooklyn
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I’ve actually been planning to share my discoveries on (a) our surrounding micro-neighborhood of “Caton Park,” or, as I like to call it, NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South) and (b) the True Actual Recorded History of the Crazy Stable (it actually had some illustrious residents back before its precipitous fall from grace). 

Brownstoner
December 3, 2007
Flatbush: Bargain Hunters’ Paradise?
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Still pondering my Distinct Identity in NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South),
Brenda of Ur-Flatbush
Posted by: Brenda from Flatbush at December 3, 2007 10:52 PM

New York (NY) Times
Victorian Flatbush
Peaked Roofs, Crossed Fingers
By EVAN LERNER
Published: March 16, 2008
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Some residents worry that too many homes have already been torn down or remodeled beyond recognition. The neighborhood also has the disadvantage of being the product of a number of different designers, unlike some of the areas to the south. But these drawbacks have not stopped the community‚Äôs more preservation-minded residents from seeking to keep intact the area they call NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South). 

Posted by Barry Popik
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