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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 26, 2005
Brooklyn Fade or Brooklyn Blowout (haircut)
The "Brooklyn Fade" or "Brooklyn Blowout" haircut (a regional name for the familiar "fade" haircut) appears to have been popularized in the early 1990s.

It's also called simply "Low Fade" or "Blowout." Another regional "fade" haircut is the "Southside Fade" from Houston, Texas.

Urban Dictionary
The Brooklyn Fade
The stupid haircut that all the dumb white kids get down at the jersey shore. It involves some sort of shaving back the hairline and spiking the rest ala sonic the hedgehog. Then they talk, walk, and act like they are African Amercian.
Look at that stupid gino with the Brooklyn Fade
Source: Marcos, Apr 15, 2004

How to Give a "Fade" or "Faded" Haircut Hair Cut for Males
A "Fade" or "Faded" Hair Cut is one that is very short on the bottom and progressively gets longer towards the top of the head. People can save money by cutting there friends or families hair without getting those unattractive layer lines that occur once you change guard sizes on the clipper during a haircut (sometimes called a "mushroom" cut).

Haircuts for Men
The term "fade" originated in ethnic shops and has now become the popular term for an aggressively tight taper. Hair at the sides and back is cut as close as possible with clippers and "fades" or tapers up into almost any length on top. In some cases this haircut is mistakenly called a "military reg," which is misleading because each branch of the service has different regulations regarding hair length.
Temple Fade.
Sometimes called a "Brooklyn Fade," "Low Fade," or "Blow Out," this type of haircut is a very low bald fade. The hair is cut to the scalp from the temple and dips low in the back. The hair is then quickly, but smoothly tapered (faded) into significant length on top.

Studio Solis (Modesto, CA)
"Home of the World Famous Brooklyn Fade"
~ Fades ~ Ceaser/Quavodis ~ Designs ~ Tapers ~ Afro Tapers ~

30 November 1993, Atlanta Constitution, "Black males gone blond say 'lighten up'" by A. Scott Walton, pg. E6:
What can kill conversation just by walking into a room? A black man who has dyed his hair blond a la Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) in the thrill-kill film "Demolition Man," that's what.

The examples are too rare to call it a bona fide trend, but black men gone blond are dotting the national stylescape.

Amazonian cross-dresser RuPaul, who left Atlanta for New York City about seven years ago, may qualify as the look's originator, but rewind your homeboy video monitors to Robert Townsend's summer box-office flop, "The Meteor Man," for another recent cinematic example. The Atlanta-based rap group Another Bad Creation, among others, was featured as a pack of marauding malevolents with maize mini-Afros.

"They call that hairstyle the Brooklyn Fade," says Geno Harris, a barber-stylist at Deion's Hair Design in Buckhead. "It's just a fad; kids see things like that in a movie and try to copy it themselves.

2 August 2000, Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, New Jersey section, pg. 19:
Young barbers, wearing baggy jeans and Timberland boots, clip away at the latest urban hairstyles -- "damages" -- such as Brooklyn Blowouts, Low-Fades and Bald Cuts.

3 October 2002, Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger, Today section, pg. 33:
Most requested haircuts The fade: Close cut on the bottom and higher hair on top, with the shade fading from dark on top to light on the bottom. The Brooklyn Fade: The fading effect is used on the temples and back of the head. The sides and top are left with a dark look.

Posted by casey on November 19, 2003 at 07:32:38:
i have been looking all over the web for a picture of the "brooklyn fade" or the "brooklyn blowout" they go by the same name but if possible i would like to see a picture. the web pulls up too much crap and i couldnt get a simple picture of the back.. it is like the beach boys haircut thank you

Large silver herringbone chain hung low across his bitch tit laden chest, and a BROOKLYN FADE (the queen queer of all hairstyles.)

But now, many more things incite me. Things that I will now list:
1. The Brooklyn Blowout haircut and those who choose to don them.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNames/Phrases • Tuesday, April 26, 2005 • Permalink

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