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

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Entry from April 23, 2005
One PP or Puzzle Palace (One Police Plaza)
One Police Plaza (near the Brooklyn Bridge) is the main police headquarters. It is sometimes called "puzzle palace," a nickname originally used for the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.

Wikipedia: 1 Police Plaza
1 Police Plaza (1PP) is the headquarters of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). 1 Police Plaza is located on Park Row in downtown Manhattan near City Hall and the Brooklyn Bridge. Its block borders Park Row, Pearl Street, and Police Plaza. The Headquarters for the New York City Police Department was previously located at 240 Centre Street approximately one mile North of 1 Police Plaza.
1PP is also known to insiders as "the Puzzle Palace", although this term can also refer to the National Security Agency.

One PP
One Police Plaza, NYPD Headquarters in downtown Manhattan.
Puzzle Palace
Police Officer's term for One Police Plaza.

20 May 1997, Village Voice, pg. 46:
"One PP" had a historical contempt for renegade reformers like William Acosta, and it delivered a message of its own: 30 days' suspension for refusing to answer questions and withholding evidence. Facing a barrage of misconduct hearings, Acosta resigned. That halted the hearings against him.

13 April 1999, Newsday (Long Island, NY), pg. A06:
A few days ago, I talked with former Chief of Patrol William Bracey in his Jamaica home. Bracey, 79, had been asked to turn in his gun after being arrested in a protest outside Safir's headquarters at One Police Plaza, better known as the "Puzzle Palace."

1 May 2000, New York *NY) Daily News, pg. 18:
Bill Bratton is ready to take his legendary battles with Rudy Giuliani to TV.

The former top cop is working with David Black, the veteran writer- producer of such TV shows as "Hill Street Blues," "Miami Vice" and "Law & Order," to transform his career into a TV series.

"There have been so many cop shows over the years," Black tells me. "But nothing from the viewpoint of the commissioner's office."

Bratton says he hopes the series, based on his memoir "Turnaround," takes the audience inside the commissioner's office the way "The West Wing" brings them into the Oval Office.

The show is tentatively titled "Puzzle Palace," and it will be pitched to the networks in August.

"It's where all the puzzles are never solved," Bratton says about his former office, which is on the top floor of the Police Plaza building downtown.
Posted by Barry Popik
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