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 December 27, 2021
City of Neon and Chrome

The musical Rent (1996)  by Jonathan Larson (1960-1996) contains the song “Out Tonight,” with the lyrics:
   
“In the evening, I’ve got to roam
Can’t sleep in the city of neon and chrome.”

   
“City of neon and chrome” never became a popular nickname of New York City, but has been infrequently used.
   
   
Wikipedia: Rent (musical)
Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan’s East Village in the thriving days of bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
 
The musical was first seen in a workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1993. This same off-Broadway theatre was also the musical’s initial home following its official 1996 opening.
     
YouTube
Rosario Dawson - Out Tonight (From Rent musical) [HD]
Jun 12, 2013
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Genius.com (lyrics)
Out Tonight
Cast of the Motion Picture ‘Rent’
Track 9 on Rent (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

(...)
[Bridge]
In the evening, I’ve got to roam
Can’t sleep in the city of neon and chrome
Feels too damn much like home
When the Spanish babies cry
So let’s find a bar
So dark we forget who we are
Where all the scars
From the never’s and maybe’s die

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNicknames/Slogans • Monday, December 27, 2021 • Permalink


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