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 February 18, 2008
Rockapulco (Rockaway Beach)

"Rockapulco” (Rockaway + Acapulco) has been a nickname for Rockaway Beach since at least the 1980s. Acapulco is a famous Mexican resort area; in 1964, a The Flinstones cartoon episode had Fred and Wilma Flintstone visit “Rockapulco.” A series of summer events in Rockaway now carries the “Rockapulco” name.


Wikipedia: Rockaway Beach, Queens
Rockaway Beach is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in the New York City borough of Queens. It is located on the South Shore of Long Island. The community stretches between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay, running from approximately Beach 73rd Street to Beach 98th Street. The neighborhood is bounded by Arverne to the east and Rockaway Park to the west. It is named for Rockaway Beach, which is the largest urban beach in the United States, stretching for miles along the Rockaway Peninsula facing the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is run and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Rockaway Beach was once known as the “Irish Riviera” because of the large Irish American population in the area. As of the United States Census, 2000, 25.4% of residents in ZIP Code 11693 identified themselves as having Irish ancestry.

Wikipedia: Acapulco
Acapulco (Officially: Acapulco de Juárez) is a city and major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 300 km (190 miles) southwest from Mexico City. Acapulco is located on a deep, semi-circular bay. It is a port of call for shipping and cruising lines running between Panama and San Francisco, California, United States. As of the 2005 census, the population of the urbanized area was 616,394, while that of the administrative municipality was 717,766 people. The municipality, which has an area of 1,882.6 km² (726.88 sq mi), includes numerous small localities outside of the city. The tourist resort city of Acapulco is the largest city in the state, far larger than the state capital Chilpancingo.

Ultimate Flintstones Site - Episodes, Season 4
106. FRED EL TERRIFICO (P-106)
Written by Joanna Lee, Rec 7-19-63, Air 1-9-64
Fred, sporting another flamboyant moustache, deals with jewel thieves and the jealous Wilma while on vacation in Rockapulco. 

13 September 1987, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “From Rockaway” by Jill Eisenstadt, book review section, pg. 3:
Rockaway, also dubbed “Rot-away” and “Rockapulco,” is a New York suburb, “just a tiny strip that hangs off Queens as if it isn’t sure whether it wants to ...

New York (NY) Times
Hopefuls, Street Toughs; Power Brokers; Networkers; Strivers; Grande Dames; Musclemen; Exiles; Reformers; Purists; Clones; Big Mouths; Outsiders; Air Kissers; Fanatics; Gossips; Nightclubbers; Surf Dudes Of Beach 89
By CHARLIE RUBIN
Published: October 19, 1997
(...)
It’s these folks who have been raising eyebrows along Rockaway’s 7.5 miles of beaches, because the ‘’Rockapulco’’ Surfers know that the Brooklyn Surfers are as dedicated to wave-riding as they are. Maybe more. Because where you can’t see surf, you must think it. All the time. N.B.W. Nothing But Waves.

Rockaway (NY) Wave (September 4, 1999)
Thirty feet down the block, Callaghan called over his shoulder. “Look on the back seat. There’s a Rockapulco T-shirt.”

New York (NY) Times
NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: BENDING ELBOWS; Party Time in Rockapulco, Hamptons West
By CHARLIE LEDUFF
Published: July 22, 2001
The dandies have their Hamptons, but the multitude has the Rockaways, a sandy swath in southern Queens that lays up on the Atlantic.

There is a good beach there at 116th Street that they call Rockapulco. There is a jitney that will take you there. It is called the Q53 bus. It costs $1.50 and it starts in Woodside, winds through central Queens and drops you at the head of the beach.

New York (NY) Times
THE CRASH OF FLIGHT 587: THE SCENE; Horror Visits a Haven On a Holiday Morning
By JIM DWYER AND JANNY SCOTT
Published: November 13, 2001
(...)
During the golden summer weekends from May 15 to Sept. 30, no public parking is allowed on the streets. Pizzas are delivered to the beach wall. Dr. Steve Arikian on Beach 147th Street calls his home Rockapulco, and wears a sun-faded T-shirt that for him, and many others in Rockaway, says it all: ‘’Rockaway Beach. It’s not a peninsula, it’s a lifestyle.’’

Rockaway (NY) Wave (November 24, 2001)
Fortunately, Rockaway’s full of people more interested in helping than in getting 15 minutes of fame. Many firefighters remarked how helpful the neighbors were---a place that makes Rockapulco like no other.

Village Voice (New York, NY)
Swimming
Wet Dreams

by Mary Jacobi
December 31, 2003 - January 6, 2004
(...)
ROCKAWAY BEACH, QUEENS A to Rockaway Park/ Beach 116th Street Rockapulco stretches along more than seven miles of shore, from Neponsit in the west to Far Rockaway in the east, with subway stops at all points in between.

New York (NY) Press (July 21, 2007)
LAST STOP ON THE ROCKAPULCO
Skip the velvet rope and bring your flip-flops to this unexpected urban beach town.
By Jaime Jordan
For a two-buck subway ride, you can swim in the same crisp Atlantic Ocean as the label whores on the far east end of Long Island. Rockaway Beach is to the Hamptons what Williamsburg is to the Meatpacking District, so shake off your Saturday morning hangover and head to Queens this summer. The Rockapulco peninsula juxtaposes urban grit with classic seashore. You won’t have to shell out $51 for the Jitney, and you won’t have to sleep in an overcrowded, overpriced summer share that reeks of body odor and cigarette smoke.

(Trademark)
Word Mark ROCKAPULCO
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Shirts, shorts, jerseys, pants, hats, eyewear, jackets, accesssories. FIRST USE: 20021208. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030301
(ABANDONED) IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, providing a web site featuring musical performances, musical videos, related film clips, photographs, and other multimedia materials; Entertainment namely, production of digital musical recordings; Entertainment, namely live music concerts. FIRST USE: 20021208. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20030315
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 78275026
Filing Date July 16, 2003
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) Rockapulco, Inc. CORPORATION NEW YORK 103-40 104th Street Ozone Park NEW YORK 11417
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date July 26, 2004

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