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 July 25, 2004
Tar Beach
"Tar Beach" is the rooftop. The New York Times FYI section wrote about this and asked me what I had, but I couldn't beat the 1941 date in the Times archives.



30 Aug 1941, New York Times, p. 11 :

AN EDEN IS FOUND ON EAST SIDE ROOF

Bachelor Grows Tomatoes, Peas, Petunias All Together in a Tenement Setting

IT'S CALLED 'TAR BEACH'

There's One Big Problem Now Facing This Amateur-Is the Corn Ready to Eat?

PHOTO CAPTION: William H. Geis at work on his flower and vegetable garden atop his home at 137 East Thirty-third Street.



6 July 1952. New York Times, p. 39:
Two patrolmen went hunting on the "tar beaches" of the Bronx yesterday and in the line of duty captured a twenty-five-pound opossum.


Posted by Barry Popik
Names/Phrases • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 25, 2004 • Permalink