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 November 23, 2004
Beavers (CCNY teams)
"Go Beavers!" No, that's not porn coming back to Times Square.

"Beaver" is the nickname of the City College of New York's sports teams. New York, historically, was a center of the fur trade. Beaver pelts made John Jacob Astor a rich man. You can find beavers decorating the Astor Place subway station.

I'll leave the "Leave it to Beaver" jokes for another day.

14 September 1934, New York Times, pg. 32:
NEW GRIDIRON DEAL
SCORES AT C.C.N.Y.
(...)
The Beavers, as C. C. N. Y. is to be known henceforth, will have most of their line strength on the ends of the line.
Posted by Barry Popik
Education/Schools • (0) Comments • Tuesday, November 23, 2004 • Permalink