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 19, 2005
Golden Edge (110th Street); Hollywood Heights (St. Nicholas Place)
"The Golden Edge" is 110th Street, the northern border of Central Park. The name is historical, from the 1930s. The following 1934 article also explains "Hollywood Heights" (St. Nicholas Place), another Harlem term from that era.


5 May 1934, New York Amsterdam News, pg. 9:
THIS HECTIC HARLEM by Roi Ottley

Coal Bin Observations
THINGS YOU see in Harlem and might see nowhere else: Rugs and chairs chained to the floors of dwelling house lobbies...Gin mills nestled closely and lovingly next to churches...Three- and four locks on your neighbor's door...Seventh avenue...The only boulevard where Mose has a full-length thoroughfare to promenade under an applauding eye..."Sugar Hill," a pseudo Park avenue, where many of Harlem's "kept" women live in luxurious style, and inhabitants of the "Valley" look up to and envy...The Jitter Bug Dormitory, where gentlemen with a dash of lavender frolic happily...Harlem, the home of the hot dog. I don't believe "dogs" are consumed in greater numbers per capita anywhere else in the country...Almost a quarter-million blacks in the local scene and no congressional representation!...The Golden Edge, the border of this community on 110th street, where Mose has an embankment apartment appointment..."Hollywood Heights," what is known to the Post Office as St. Nicholas place, is where Samuel Van Scravins pays $15 to $100 per month rent and takes in umpteen roomers to make up rent.

30 October 1971, New York Times, pg. 33:
Al Vigal has lived at 9 Central Park North for 31 years. He is a remnant of the show-business people and doctors who lived on Central Park North in the nineteen-thirties and early forties and whose affluence and style caused Harlemites to label the street "Golden Edge."
Posted by Barry Popik
Streets • (0) Comments • Saturday, February 19, 2005 • Permalink