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 December 21, 2011
Brooklynite (inhabitant of Brooklyn)

A “Brooklynite” is an inhabitant of the borough of Brooklyn. “Brooklynite” has been cited in print since at least 1833, well before Brooklyn became a borough of New York City in 1898.

The names of inhabitants of other boroughs include “Bronxite” (the Bronx), “Manhattanite” (Manhattan) and “Staten Islander” (Staten Island).  The borough of Queens does not have a standard name for the people who live there, but both “Queenser” and “Queensite” have been used.


Wikipedia: Adjectivals and demonyms for cities
New York New Yorkers ("Gothamites"/"Knickerbockers")
• The Bronx Bronxites, Bronxers
• Brooklyn Brooklynites (archaic: “Trolley Dodgers")
• Manhattan Manhattanites
• Queens Queensites
• Staten Island Staten Islanders

Wikipedia: Brooklyn
Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City’s five boroughs, with approximately 2.5 million residents, and the second-largest in area. Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York State and the second-most densely populated county in the United States, after New York County (Manhattan). It is also the westernmost county on Long Island.

Brooklyn was an independent city until it was annexed by New York City in 1898. It continues to maintain a distinct culture. Many Brooklyn neighborhoods are ethnic enclaves where particular ethnic groups and cultures predominate.

Brooklyn’s official motto is Eendraght Maeckt Maght. Written in the (early modern spelling of the) Dutch language, it is inspired by the motto of the United Dutch Provinces and translated “Unity makes strength”. The motto is displayed on the borough seal and flag, which also feature a young robed woman bearing fasces, a traditional emblem of republicanism. Brooklyn’s official colors are blue and gold.

Google Books
11 July 1833, New-York (NY) Mirror, pg. 15:
For their superior advantages the Brooklynites are indebted to an able, vigilant and efficient officer, Mr. George Hall, president of the village; by his means the license system has been rigidly enforced according to the late ...

30 October 1836, Rhode-Island Republican (Newport, RI), pg. 3, col. 2:
Riot in Ohio.—The grand riot in Ohio which occurred on the 1st inst. between the Clevelandites and Brooklynites, turns out to have been a mere squabble, ...

7 August 1845, New York (NY) Herald, pg. 2, col. 2:
SPORTING—UNION STAR CRICKET CLUB, BROOKLYN—WALLABOUT AGAINST ALL BROOKLYN.—Yesterday was the day appointed to finish this match.—The Wallabout side was on the ground by 2 o’clock, the time agreed upon or play, but the Brooklynites did not make their appearance.

OCLC WorldCat record
By-laws of the Society of Old Brooklynites : adopted December 2nd, 1880.
Author: Society of Old Brooklynites (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Rome Brothers, Printers, 1881.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Random recollections of old schools, churches, teachers and ministers : read before the “Old Brooklynites,” June 6, 1895
Author: Jeremiah Johnson; Society of Old Brooklynites (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: [New York : Society of Old Brooklynites?, 1895]
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Brooklynites by adoption
Author: Brooklyn Eagle,
Publisher: [Brooklyn Eagle], 1949.
Edition/Format:  Image : Graphic : Picture : English
Summary: Caption: “Brooklynites by adoption--These out-of-town students at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath [wearing yarmulkas and sitting with open books at school desks] attend the elementary school at 206 Wilson St. They are, first row, Enrique Eisenstein, 10, of Pereira, Columbia, and his brother, Moses, 12; rear row, Abraham Finkel, 11, of Saratoga Springs, left, and Irving Goldblum, 11, of Stamford, Conn.”

OCLC WorldCat record
All about Brooklyn : a handbook for Brooklynites.
Author: Brooklyn Council for Social Planning.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Brooklyn Council for Social Planning, 1957.
Edition/Format:  Book : English : 1957 ed

New York (NY) Times
F.Y.I.
By COLIN MOYNIHAN
Published: September 19, 1999
Queenslanders?
Q. There are well-known names for inhabitants of four boroughs: Manhattanites, Brooklynites, Bronxites and Staten Islanders. But what are residents of Queens called?

A. There has never been a popular name to describe those residents, said Dr. Jon Peterson, a professor of history at Queens College who has taught the history of the borough. ‘’People in Queens think of themselves in terms of their neighborhoods,’’ Dr. Peterson said, noting that when the boroughs were created in 1898, Queens lacked the natural boundaries of Manhattan and Staten Island and the pre-existing identities of Brooklyn and the Bronx. Queens incorporated a group of independent towns, and those separate identities are still reflected in today’s postal zones. To this day, letters must be addressed to Flushing or Astoria, rather than simply to Queens.

“Part of the issue might be awkward phrasing,’’ Dr. Peterson said. ‘’Something like Queensites or Queensians just doesn’t sound right.’’

OCLC WorldCat record
The Brooklynite.
Publisher: Brooklyn, N.Y. : Brooklynite LLC, [2005]-
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

City-Data Forum
Infamous92
09-20-2009, 12:02 PM
What Borough Do You Live In?
Are you a Manhattanite, Brooklynite, Staten Islander, Bronxite or a Queens(er/ite?)?

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Wednesday, December 21, 2011 • Permalink