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 08, 2011
Stinkberry (Pinkberry nickname)

Pinkberry frozen yogurt began in California in 2005, but quickly opened over a dozen shops in New York City. Fans of the frozen yogurt product claim that it’s addictive and have called it “Crackberry.” Non-fans of the frozen yogurt have called it “Stinkberry.”

“Stinkberry” has been cited in print since at least November 2006.


Wikipedia: Pinkberry
Pinkberry is a franchise of upscale frozen dessert restaurants headquartered in Los Angeles, California. There are currently over 100 stores, mostly located in Southern California, 14 in New York City, New York, two in New Orleans, Louisiana, two in Denver, Colorado, one in Atlanta, Georgia, one in Nashville, Tennessee, two in Charlotte, North Carolina, two in Massachusetts, four in Texas, one in Fairfield, Connecticut, one in Fairfax, Virginia, and two in Hawaii. International locations include one in Mexico City, several in the Middle East, two in Lima, Peru and one in Moscow, Russia.

The first store opened in January 2005 by Korean Americans Shelly Hwang and Young Lee. The tart, frozen dessert has a groupie-like following who sometimes refer to it as “Crackberry”. The company acknowledges its cult-like following by maintaining a “groupie corner” on its website.

Urban Dictionary
stinkberry
Bastardization of Pinkberry by haters, who don’t understand why this L.A.-based chain has developed such an inexplicably large cult following. Addicts have compared its tart, low-fat frozen yogurt to crack cocaine, while others aruge that it’s not really yogurt.
Man, dieting sucks. All I get to eat is steamed broccoli and crappy stinkberry.
by The Gluttonist Oct 9, 2007

Chowhound—Chains
Pinkberry or Stinkberry? [moved from L.A. board]
Yesterday we went to Pinkberry for the first time. We wanted to try it because many of our friends love it. The interior design was appealing, but we were startled as we took the first bites of our Cookies and Cream yogurt. It was bad and tasted sour. Not how frozen yogurt should taste. We don’t know the nutritional facts, but we hope that it was nutritional because it was so disgusting. We were expecting much more. The best part of the yougurt was the oreos and we can buy those at Ralphs. Never going back.
By laurkat on Nov 22, 2006 06:53PM

Milkshake
4.01.2007
Pinkberry
Have you heard of this place called Pinkberry? Unless you live in L.A. or New York, I’m going to guess no. So let me describe it to you. Pinkberry sells frozen yogurt.
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In this picture, Cheyanne is expressing her modest opinion of Pinkberry: “Pinkberry?!? More like Stinkberry!”

WeCouldEat
Stinkberry!
Posted on January 6, 2008 by wecouldeat
Pinkberry = Stinkberry. If you ever pass by one of those Pinkberrys, don’t be tempted. It may look modern and interesting, but they offer only 2 flavors of frozen yogurt – and when I mean frozen yogurt, I mean it tastes like a container of Dannon’s put into a freezer.

Chowhound—Manhattan
there’s a Stinkberry on Eighth Ave, but i don’t think there’s one on Sixth..? the Red Mango that changed over was on Sixth Ave between 22nd& 23rd, on the east side of the street next to “Chickpea.” it’s now called “Happy Cups” or something like that. apparently the proprietors of that Red Mango location didn’t want to deal with the franchising anymore, so they went rogue! it’s still yogurt, and they still have plain tart, green tea, etc, but they added more flavors too. i was so confused the first (and only) time i stopped by after it changed.
By goodhealthgourmet on Oct 23, 2009 01:49PM

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