A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from November 19, 2010
Mobzdale or Mobsdale (Rosedale, Queens)

“Mobzdale” or “Mobsdale” is a nickname for Rosedale, Queens, that has been cited in print since at least 2003. The nickname has been used in Rosedale’s large African-American community.
Wikipedia: Rosedale, Queens
Rosedale is a suburban neighborhood in Queens. The neighborhood is on the Nassau County, New York - Queens border and is part of Queens Community Board 13.
Rosedale was originally conceived in the consolidation of the borough of Queens as a part of what is now Springfield Gardens. At the time, the Laurelton Land Company was in charge of the new Borough of Queens. It was dotted with farmland that was isolated from each other, so construction on an acceptable mode of transportation was started immediately. The Southern Railroad of Long Island(now Long Island Rail Road) was built and the whole area (today Laurelton, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens) was served by Laurelton Station. The area was also connected to the Brooklyn waterworks. In the 20th century, the water system was less needed, and its use dwindled. Today the ruins of the aqueduct system can still be seen. After the Long Island Rail Road’s construction, many new roads such as Francis Lewis and Sunrise Boulevard (today Sunrise Highway) were constructed. The area that is now Rosedale remained farmland until the mid 1930s. After the former period of relatively slow growth, development rapidly turned Rosedale into a suburban community. Many of Rosedale’s homes are two-family homes.
In 1976, Bill Moyers presented a documentary titled Rosedale: The Way It Is. The program addressed the racial tensions in this community, which was at that time in a transition from what had been primarily an Irish American, Italian American and Jewish community to what is now mostly a community of African Americans and Caribbean immigrants. The area is home to many Caribbean immigrants compared to the Irish, Italian and Jewish Americans of the neighboring Nassau County communities of Valley Stream and Woodmere.
Welcome to Rosedale
Mobzdale-i-Candy’s Page.
01-24-2003, 01:48 AM
Friday, March 02, 2007
I try to pretend that I’m different, but in the end we’re all the same!
Now onto some real shit, it’s the return of the gangster (been vibing on Outkast again). I’ve been trying to get accustomed to my new “hood”, it’s slightly different from my old “hood”. I moved to Rosedale, NY (which these niglets refer to as Mobzdale, it’s a blood thing), and the niglets are different around these parts.
City-Data.com - New York City
06-04-2008, 08:02 PM
I have seen “MOBSDALE” ...
I can tell you this, if you drive down 147th ave. you will see in grafitti “Mobsdale” written on a fence on the right hand side of 147th when you are leaving Green Acres Mall. I’m not sure if any MOB people lived in Rosedale back in the day, but I do remember hearing stories about the Mob dumping bodies in the swamp by Snake Road and in the lake in Springfield Park back in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Anyway who cares if they lived there a long time ago - they’re “ghosts” of Rosedale PAST, they sure don’t live there in the year 2008…
City-Data.com - New York City
01-23-2010, 07:58 PM
Rosedale (Queens) = “Mobzdale”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Friday, November 19, 2010 • Permalink

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