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 January 16, 2009
Republic of Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has called his borough the “Republic of Brooklyn” since at least 2007, and with increasing use in 2008. Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough and its citizens sometimes regret that, since the consolidation of 1898, Brooklyn is no longer a city. A city of Brooklyn would rank in the top five most populated cities in America.

When the mere borough is not being called the “Republic of Brooklyn” (a name that is still limited to Borough President Markowitz), it is also sometimes elevated as “The Planet.”


Wikipedia: Brooklyn
Brooklyn (named after the Dutch town Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Located on western Long Island and an independent distinct city until its consolidation into New York in 1898, Brooklyn is New York City’s most populous borough, with 2.5 million residents. If the borough were still an independent city, it would be the fourth-largest city in the United States. Brooklyn is coterminous with Kings County, which is the most populous county in New York State, and the second most densely populated county in the United States (after New York County, which is the borough of Manhattan).

Though a part of New York City, Brooklyn maintains a distinct culture, independent art scene, and unique architectural heritage. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where a particular ethnic group and culture predominate.

Wikipedia: Marty Markowitz
Marty Markowitz is the Borough President of Brooklyn, New York City.

Panama-Guide.com
Panama’s Chief Justice Visits ‘Republic of Brooklyn’
Saturday, May 19 2007 @ 06:35 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
By Elizabeth Stull for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle - STATE STREET — The chief justice of the Republic of Panama visited “the Republic of Brooklyn” this week, and the Judicial Friends held a reception in her honor. New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye welcomed Chief Justice Graciela Dixon to New York state in three languages during the reception Tuesday night at Brooklyn Law School’s Forchelli Center, in Feil Hall.

YourNabe.com
Home-furnishing giant opens - Ikea comes to Red Hook; throngs wait in line for free sofa
By Helen Klein
Friday, June 27, 2008 11:24 AM EDT
(...)
Borough President Marty Markowitz was conspicuously present, welcoming the Swedish retailer to “the republic of Brooklyn” and reminding them, “If you want to make a big splash in New York City, you’ve got to make it in Brooklyn.”

Greenpoint (NY) Gazette
BP Honors Brooklyn’s Polish Heritage
Nov 07, 2008
by Khristina Narizhnaya
Cameras flashed, food sizzled and community members gathered at the Polish Night celebration at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall last Wednesday. Polish Night, an annual reception to honor the conclusion of the month of Polish-American heritage, drew in the biggest crowd of Brooklyn’s Polish community to date, to receive honors, listen to speeches, eat Polish food, dance the Polonaise and mingle with one another.

The night kicked off with the singing of the Polish and the American national anthems. The singing was followed by a welcome speech by Borough President Marty Markowitz, who called himself “President of the Republic of Brooklyn.”

The Carol Taylor Word
Monday, December 8, 2008
UP YOU MIGHTY FOLK - WE CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE WILL!
(...)
Let’s talk: Call me, Carol, at 856 1271 - right here in the Republic of Brooklyn!”
Posted by THE CAROL TAYLOR WORD at 7:47 AM

The Brooklyn Paper
December 29, 2008 / News / Politics
Marty slams Bloomy in year-end interview!
By The Brooklyn Paper Staff
(...)
GK: Three things that didn’t do so well?
MM: The economy in this last half of the year. As much as I call it a “Republic of Brooklyn,” we are still very much part of New York City.

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