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 September 09, 2008
The Planet (Brooklyn)

The borough of Brooklyn has been called “The Planet” in hip-hop slang since the 1990s. It’s sometimes said that Brooklyn is the most diverse borough, although Queens could also be called “The Planet” is the nickname is based on diversity alone.


Brooklyn - TristateRealEstateWiki
Variously called the “City of Trees”, “City of Homes” or the “City of Churches” in the 19th century, Brooklyn is now often styled the “Borough of Homes and Churches” or even sometimes called “The Planet” - given its large diversity, population, and size. (From wikipedia.com )

OCLC WorldCat record
Bring it on down
by Brooklyn Boyz Choir
Type:  Musical LP; English
Publisher: Newark, N.J. : Metropolitan Recording, 1990.
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
Notes: Brief record.
Description: 1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in.
Contents: Brin it on down (Joey bags 86th jam mix)—No music, no beats—Metro message—Bring it on down (Vin man’s club edit)—Bring it on down (Where was Dr. Woo Wadio version)—Bring it on down (double J’s planet Brooklyn).

Daily Pennsylvanian (March 17, 1994)
MUSIC: STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN
Clayton Wynter
(...)
Including “Suckas Need Bodyguards,” the best cuts on Hard to Earn are “Speak Ya Clout,” featuring Jeru The Damaja and Lil Dap; a story about Brooklyn called, “The Planet”; and the first single from the album, “Mass Appeal.”

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From: (Steve McGowan)
Date: 1995/04/10
Subject: Underground dub Label… (forwarded article)

WordSound leads the charge of the bass brigade with The Crooklyn Dub Consortium, a secret society of subterranean bass terrorists from the planet Brooklyn.

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From: (KThornell)
Date: 1995/06/13
Subject: Re: Mix Tapes...question and comment..

send me your address via real mail. I’m on the planet Brooklyn.

OCLC WorldCat record
Bundle of joy
by Land of the Loops.
Type:  Musical CD : Rock music; English
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Up Records, 1996.
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
Notes: Compact disc.
Description: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Welcome—Sound system—Multi-family garage sale (bargain-bin mix)—Growing concern—Day late & a dollar short—I dream of ghosts—I confess—Help for your aching back—Burning clutch (five-speed dub)—Cruisin’ for sentient beings—Mass. Ave. and beyond—Mathematical park—Heidi cakes—Crash landing on planet Brooklyn—My head (leaks)—Good-bye.

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From: Reggie Allen
Date: 1996/05/19
Subject: mad about acid/trip hop/images

I have a tv show coming on channel 13, WNET, Sunday, June 2, @10:30.  It’s called Planet Brooklyn.  It’s an acid jazz film. (you’ll figure it out)

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From: (BinneBrook)
Date: 1998/05/14
Subject: Re: unreasonable women

This is not a condition of womanhood, however, but the result of living a lot of years on Planet Brooklyn.

OCLC WorldCat record
Planet Brooklyn
by Ishmael Butler; Bonz Malone; Andre Royo; Gingi Rochell; Mad Matthewz; Screen Media Films (Firm);
Type:  DVD video; English
Publisher: [United States] : Screen Media Films, 2007.

China.org.cn
So many pieces of the planet crammed into one borough
(...)
Renowned for its ethnic diversity, Brooklyn is sometimes called “The Planet”, since it is New York City’s most ethnically diverse borough, where 38 percent of the residents are foreign born.
(...)
(China Daily by Ida Relsted January 11, 2008)

Posted by Barry Popik
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