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 07, 2013
West Sider or Westsider

A “West Sider” (or “Westsider,” also lowercase “west sider” and “westsider") is someone who inhabits the west side of a geographical area. “West-Siders” was cited in print in November 1850, when it referred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An 1851 citation of “West-siders” referred to Manhattan.

Similar Manhattan geographic nicknames include “East Sider,” “downtowner” and “uptowner.”


(Oxford English Dictionary)
West Sider, n.
orig. U.S.
An inhabitant of the west side of a city, esp. of the West Side of Manhattan.
1851 N.-Y. Daily Times 15 Feb. 8/3 It is known that there are many places of interest on this side of the Hudson… So please hurry up this ferry business, West-siders.
1855 Daily Cleveland (Ohio) Herald 26 May, It will be necessary to wait upon the ‘West-siders’ for their part of the annual subscription.
1901 A. Ulmann Landmark Hist. N.Y. xi. 213 Most New-Yorkers..are either east-siders or west-siders, and know little of the other side of the town.

26 November 1850, Daily Free Democrat (Milwaukee, WI), pg. 2, col. 4:
SPRING STREET BRIDGE—AGAIN.—The floats that support this structure, have at last been raised, an to the great joy of the West-Siders, there is a prospect of a speedy completion of the repairs.

19 December 1851, Daily Register (Springfield, IL), pg. 2, col. 2:
Rockford (in this state) was settled in 1834 by G. Kent, who was the first white settler, and a west sider. Daniel S. Haight followed him the next year, and was an east sider.
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Chicago Journal.

Google Books
History of Western Massachusetts:
The Counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire.

Volume II, Part III
By Josiah Gilbert Holland
Springfield, MA: Published by Samuel Bowles and Company
1855
Pg. 158:
They sent out to the people of Wilbraham, and told them that if they would all come in, and vote for Col. Worthington, they would all vote for a man to be selected from Wilbraham, as the second man on the ticket, and thus knock the West-siders out altogether.

17 January 1855, Cleveland (OH) Daily Plain Dealer, pg. 3, col. 3:
Notice to West Siders.
All those who live on the West Side, who desire either the Daily, Weekly, or Tri-Weekly PLAIN DEALER, can have the same left at INGHAM’s Book Store, by leaving their names with him.

Chronicling America
2 September 1858, Cleveland (OH) Morning Leader, pg. 3, col. 2:
The fence will be a great improvement to the West Siders’ Park.

Google Books
From Heaven to New York:
or, The Good Hearts and the Brown Stone Fronts

By Isaac George Reed, Jr.
New York, NY: Murray Hill Publishing Company
1876
Pg. 44:
Very properly, too; for if the West-siders mingled with the East-siders, what in Heaven’s name would become of all our “social distinctions?”

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9 July 1879, Puck magazine, pg. 275, col. 3:
West-siders and East-siders (of Manhattan—ed.) have all the facilities they can ask for in quick communication between their business and their homes.

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February 1899, Metropolitan Magazine, “New York’s Newest Aristocratic Quarter” by Gilson Willets, pg. 140, col. 1:
The name, Upper West Side, is the invention of a New York newspaper. With fine discrimination this journal prints the social news of the city under two special heads: the one, “Society, and the other, “The Upper West Side.” After describing the dinners, drives, and dances of the Astors and the Vanderbilts, the paper draws a heavy line and then chronicles the luncheons, lap-dogs, and lemonade parties of the Upper West Side. This is certainly a great mistake on the part of the paper. To hav etheir gowns and goings-on reported as events apart from society, naturally hurts the feelings of the rich and socially ambitious Upper West-Siders.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Westsider.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Westsider Pub. Co.
Edition/Format: Newspaper : English
Other Titles: Westsider (New York, N.Y. : 1933)

OCLC WorldCat record
The Westsider, vol. 2, no. 5.
Publisher: N.Y., West Side Association of Commerce, Inc. [1937]
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
West-Sider.
Author: West Side Discussion Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : West Side Discussion Group, 1971-
Edition/Format: Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Westsider.
Author: Manhattan Media.
Publisher: New York [N.Y.] : Enlightment Press
Edition/Format: Newspaper : English
Other Titles: Westsider (New York, N.Y. : 1972)

Manhattan Media
THE WESTSIDER
The Westsider, also available by subscription, serves residents between 60th and 125th streets, from Central Park to the banks of the Hudson. It covers a wide range of news—from politics to environmental issues—that affect readers’ everyday lives.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Sunday, April 07, 2013 • Permalink