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 May 31, 2016
“El Bronx” (Bogotá, Colombia)

"El Bronx” is a neighborhood of the city of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, that’s named after the New York City borough of “The Bronx.” El Bronx is a high crime area, named for the New York City borough that achieved a bad reputation in the 1970s—not after the Bronx of the 2000s.

“El Bronx” has been cited in print since at least 1994. A major police raid of El Bronx occurred in May 2016.


Wikipedia: Bogotá
Bogotá (/ˌbɒɡəˈtɑː/, /ˌboʊɡəˈtɑː/; Spanish pronunciation: [boɣoˈta]), officially Bogotá, Distrito Capital, abbreviated Bogotá, D.C (during the time of Spanish rule and from 1991-2000 called Santafé de Bogotá) is the capital of Colombia and administered as Capital District, although often considered to be part of Cundinamarca, and has autonomy in the management of its interests within the limits of the Constitution and the law. Bogotá is a territorial entity of the first order, with administrative powers that the law gives to the departments. It consists of 20 localities and is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, artistic, cultural, sports and tourist epicenter of the country.

Wikipedia (Spanish): The Bronx (Bogota)
The “Bronx” is the name of a sector highly dangerous and crime in the city of Bogota, Colombia. Its origin dates from the mid-2000s, when the detriment of the area allowed by the local administration, becoming a new center of concentration of crime after dismantling and recovery of the street Cartridge. They have been reported countless cases of micro - trafficking drugs , human trafficking , forced prostitution, mutilations and killings in recent years.

On Saturday May 28, 2016, the mayor of Bogota, made ​​a recovery operation in the area, capturing the chief financial officer of the area, and releasing minors from abuse and sexual exploitation.

Location
The Bronx is located between the streets 9 and 10 and races 15 and 15 A in the sector Martyrs in Bogota, extending its impact to the Square Spain in the same sector.

Google Books
Generation Under Fire:
Children and Violence in Colombia

By Robin Kirk
New York, NY: Human Rights Watch
1994
Pg. 11:
In Bogota, most “social cleansing” killings take place in the boroughs of Santa Fe and Los Martires, on some of the roughest streets in Colombia. In areas known as “El Bronx,” “Cinco Huecos,” “La Ratonera,” and Calle del Cartucho, a rubble-strewn warren of bars, brothels, lottery stands, and ollas (literally pots) where drugs are sold, street children wander among the adult prostitutes, pimps, and drug addicts, sometimes begging from passersby, sometimes muggin them with the gleaming knife that shoots out from beneath a sleeve.

Caracol Radio
28/01/2008
Street Bronx: the new cartridge Bogotá
More than 2,000 street dwellers are concentrated in two blocks from downtown Bogota. For many residents of the street surrounding areas of the Bronx, this site is becoming the new “cartridge”. 80 percent of the homeless are not bogotanos.

El Espectador
BOGOTA NOVEMBER 7, 2009 - 9:00 PM
Radiography of the new cartridge
The Bronx street or misery

Two blocks south of Bogota, is expressed throughout social degradation. A hairdresser who lives there trying to get through.
By: Laura Ardila Arrieta

Mike’s Bogota Blog
Friday, March 16, 2012
Battle in El Bronx
(...)
This street, called El Bronx (or La Ele), near Los Martires Plaza, might contain one of the planet’s greatest concentration of vice and crime. Near the entrance, a furious market operates in notoriously stolen property. Inside, I’ve heard, are prostitutes, drug dens and child crack addicts: complete human degradation.

Strangely, El Bronx exists right beside the military’s recruitment building, just a couple of blocks from the Presidential Palace. It is where the thieves, prostitutes and drug addicts went after the city bulldozed the old crime-packed El Cartucho neighborhood in 2004 to create Tercer Milenio Park.

Fox News Latino
Colombian police raid Bogotá’s lawless ‘El Bronx’ neighborhood
Published May 31, 2016
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (AP) – The streets of Colombia’s largest open-air drug market look like a war zone following a police sweep through one of Bogotá’s most dangerous neighborhoods.

More than 2,500 riot police officers and heavily armed soldiers participated in a raid that began Saturday in the capital’s “Bronx” area, nicknamed for its comparison to the troubled New York neighborhood.

New Mayor Enrique Peñalosa decided to clamp down on the district in response to complaints of brazen drug consumption and crime in plain view and just blocks from the presidential palace.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Tuesday, May 31, 2016 • Permalink


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