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 June 22, 2005
Brownstone
"Brownstone" apartments can be found in some of the older sections of New York. They were popular in the early 19th century. The term probably originated in New York.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
brown-stone, (a) (see quot. 1875); (b) U.S., one or other variety of a dark-brown sandstone used for building; also ellipt., a house built of brown-stone, and attrib. and transf., designating the well-to-do;

[1836 Knickerbocker VIII. 390 His poor remains..in one corner.. a brown stone at his head and foot.] 1858 Spirit of Times 13 Feb. 377/2 A solid substantial *brown-stone front house. 1865 'G. HAMILTON' New Atmosphere 32 The brown-stone friends are shocked and scandalized.

(Literature Online)
Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908 [Author Page]
Fudge doings: Being Tony Fudge's Record of the Same. In Forty Chapters. By Ik. Marvel (1855) 385Kb
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...will make them nabobs. Future years shall behold them in brown-stone houses upon (who knows?) Madison or Union Square, with native...
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...world-wise metropolis, reared after the newest mode of the newest brown-stone houses, with whom fashion is godliness, and gaucherie, sin; and...

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Bennett, Emerson, 1822-1905 [Author Page]
Ellen Norbury; or, The Adventures of an Orphan. (1855) 655Kb
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T. B. PETERSON'S WHOLESALE AND RETAIL Cheap Book, Magazine, Newspaper, Publishing and Bookselling Establishment, is at No. 102 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. [Durable URL for this text]
...public, that he has removed to the new and spacious BROWN STONE BUILDING, NO. 102 CHESTNUT STREET, just completed by the...

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Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 [Author Page]
Daisy's Necklace: and What Came of It. (A Literary Episode.) (1857) 261Kb
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...them all was a massive iron railing. The brick and brown-stone houses on Waverly Place and Fourth-street had long been removed,...

Posted by Barry Popik
Buildings/Housing/Parks • (0) Comments • Wednesday, June 22, 2005 • Permalink