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 27, 2011
Street of Dreams (Broadway)

Dream Street (1921) was a film by D. W. Griffith, with the action taking place in London. “Street of Dreams” (1932) was a song by Victor Young, but no specific place is specified in the song’s lyrics. Broadway has been called a “street of dreams” since at least 1909, but Broadway columnist Walter Winchell began using “Street of Dreams” in the 1940s.

Wall Street has also been called the “Street of Dreams.”


Wikipedia: Street of Dreams
Street of Dreams may refer to:

. “Street of Dreams” (song), a 1932 song by Victor Young
. Street of Dreams (film), a 1988 television film
. “Street of Dreams” (Rainbow song), a 1983 song by the band Rainbow from their album Bent Out of Shape
. “Street of Dreams (Guns N’ Roses song)”, a 2008 song by the band Guns N’ Roses from their album Chinese Democracy
. Street of Dreams, a 1979 album by Frank Carillo
. Street of Dreams (Grant Green album), a 1964 album by jazz guitarist Grant Green
. Street of Dreams (Sofia Talvik album), a 2007 album by Sofia Talvik

Google Books
April 1909, Everbody’s Magazine, pg. 541, col. 1:
He had come to hate New York; yet now, when he was perhaps to leave it, he felt the spell of the great town, its glamour, its magic, catch at his heart and make the regretful tears rise in his angry eyes. From the window of his hall-bedroom he watched the fantastic silhouette of great buildings thrown skyward against the pink flush of sunset, and later, along the great street of dreams and disappointments, he saw flash out the barbaric glitter of its electric jewels—the incredible, monstrous, lovely city seemed eager to display all her fascinations just when she was rejecting him.

The Internet Movie Database
Dream Street (1921)
102 min - Drama | Romance - 12 April 1921 (USA)
Three men in London compete for the love of a dance-hall girl.
Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Thomas Burke (novel), D.W. Griffith
Stars: Carol Dempster, Charles Emmett Mack and Ralph Graves

Google Books
Google News Archive
15 February 1928, Toledo (OH) News-Bee, “Broadway” by Philip Dunning and George Abbott, “A Hoofer’s Dreams,” pg. 13, col. 3:
This only whetted his appetite, and the big street of dreams seemed closer every day.

Google News Archive
8 July 1944, The Afro-American, pg. 8, col. 2:
Walking Down the
Street of Dreams

By ALVIN MOSES
NEW YORK—(ANP)—That vast metropolis known as New York City, has been rightly called the “melting pot of this sprawling nation.” The street running between 50th and 51st on Broadway, as well as 52nd street, strikes me as being a dream street for colored musicians, actors and entertainers.

28 November 1946, Burlington (NC) Daily Times-News, “On Broadway” by Walter Winchell, pg. 4, col. 4:
BROADWAY BALLAD
Now dusk comes soft along the Street of Dreams
(...)
Along the Street of Dreams the winds are cool
And Ghosts are poor companions for a fool!—Don Wahn.

Google News Archive
28 March 1949, Spartanburg (SC) Herald, pg. 4, col. 5:
WALTER WINCHELL
Faces Seen on Broadway...The Street of Dreams

Posted by Barry Popik
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