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 December 05, 2004
Poverty Hollow
"Poverty Hollow" is an old name for the "Lower East Side." The name is not used today.

24 October 1899, New York Times, pg. 3:
If Signor Nicola Galante is not the next Assemblyman from the Twelfth District it will be because he did not get enough votes. The Signor, who is one of the Beau Brummells of Grand Street, is also one of the twelve candidates of the "Poverty Hollow" section for the Assembly, but numbers do not trouble his enthusiastic temperament, for he is an independent, and knows everybody along Grand Street and the streets contiguous, adjacent, and intersecting thereto.

29 June 1900, New York Times, pg. 6:
POVERTY HOLLOW RIVALS
(...)
But just now some political work is going on down in the Poverty Hollow section, and apprehension is beginning to perch upon the brow of the barber.

9 July 1905, New York Times, pg. SM6:
"Seeing Manhattan": Poverty Hollow's Pathos and Humor
(...)
But, really, laying all jokes aside, it is hardly fair to blot a beautiful city with a handful of such misery as the woman saw down there in Poverty Hollow.

13 February 1906, Washington Post, pg. 2:
POVERTY HOLLOW AROUSED.

Stinging Protest Against an Italian
Mayor for an Irish City.

From the New York Sun.

Jake Newfield, the mayor of Poverty Hollow, had a stormy time yesterday when he announced his new cabinet. He put on it ten Hebrews, two Germans, and three Irishmen - Pat Connolly, Pat Kehoe, and Ginger McGinnis, the only Irish pushcart pedler on the East Side.

20 November 1910, New York Times, pg. SM3:
A CITY WITHIN A CITY, WITH A GOVERNMENT OF ITS OWN

Poverty Hollow, Down by the East River, Has a Mayor and
Cabinet to Settle All Its Disputes.
(...)
If you live on the lower east side you don't have to be told the official status of Mr. John Coakley. But if you aren't one of the numerous persons who have taken unto themselves a dwelling there, it may be necessary to state that Mr. Coakley is Mayor of that territory - Mayor John Coakley of Poverty Hollow is his official title, and his word makes things happen faster in the stretch of land between Corlears Hook Park, East River, the foot of Delancey Street, East River, and the Clinton Street entrance of the bridge than Theodore Roosevelt's would.

3 May 1931, New York Times, pg. XX3:
There were tenements in Poverty Hollow as far back as 1834. Few live there now. Windows are boarded up, blocks that once echoed with life are all but abandoned. But on the very edge of Poverty Hollow, where one of the buildings of the old Hoe printing plant used to stand, not far below the Williamsburg Bridge, is an example of the kind of housing that even the moderately well-to-do east siders may look forward to in the not too distant future.
Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Sunday, December 05, 2004 • Permalink