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 September 02, 2013
“I live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.”

Rodney Dangerfield (1921-2004) was a self-deprecating comic. He told a joke about his neighborhood (cited in print since at least 2003 and in his 2004 book):

“I live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.”

The chapter in Dangerfield’s book, “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect But Plenty of Sex and Drugs (2004), where the joke appears, went on to describe his time in Kew Gardens, Queens.

A related Woody Allen joke is: “I came from a tough neighborhood. On my street, the kids take hubcaps - from moving cars.”


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Rodney Dangerfield (November 22, 1921 – October 5, 2004), born Jacob Cohen, was an American comedian and actor.
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“It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime of No Respect But Plenty of Sex and Drugs (2004)
I live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.
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In my neighborhood, they got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.

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reply posted on 20-12-2003 @ 12:24 AM by NotTooHappy
12/20/03: “In my neighborhood, they got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped. “

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It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me:
A Lifetime of No Respect But Plenty of Sex and Drugs

By Rodney Dangerfield
New York, NY: HarperEntertainment
2004
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live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.
When Max and Helene left, we had to move again, to an even cheaper place in Kew Gardens, next to the Long Island Railroad station, but we were still the poor trash on a ritzy block.

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I live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.

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“I live in a tough neighborhood. They got a children’s zoo. Last week, four kids escaped.” ~Rodney Dangerfield #funny #quotes
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