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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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“I wish I was as thin as my patience” (12/6)
“Never read the last line of a play at a rehearsal” (theatre superstition) (12/6)
Graveyard Bouquet (12/6)
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Entry from May 25, 2008
BAMBI (Beyond Allen Manhattan Bridge Intersection)

BAMBI (Beyond Allen Manhattan Bridge Intersection) is a neighborhood nickname that strives to be the next DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass).

BAMBI was mentioned in a May 2008 article in the New York Post’s Page Six Magazine. Not everyone in New York City, however, is thrilled with the idea of naming neighborhoods after Disney movies.

Wikipedia: Bambi
Bambi is a 1942 animated feature produced by Walt Disney and originally released to theatres by RKO Radio Pictures on August 13, 1942. The fifth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon, the film is based on the 1923 book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten.

The main characters are Bambi, a deer who is the young prince of the forest, his parents (the Great Prince of the forest and his unnamed mother), and his friends Thumper (a pink-nosed rabbit), Flower (a skunk), and his childhood friend and future mate, Faline (also a White-tailed deer). For the movie, Disney took the liberty of changing Bambi’s species into a white-tailed deer from his original species of roe deer, since roe deer don’t inhabit the United States, and the white-tailed deer is more familiar to Americans. This film received 3 Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Song for “Love is a song” and Original Music Score. 

Downtown Express
Volume 21, Number 1 | THE NEWSPAPER OF LOWER MANHATTAN | May 16 - 22, 2008
Mixed Use
By Patrick Hedlund
What’s in a name?
More sales for brokers and developers, according to an article Sunday in the New York Post’s glossy Page Six Magazine. The piece cites the newest additions to the Downtown lexicon, such as BAMBI (Beyond Allen Manhattan Bridge Intersection) SoFi (South of Fifth Ave.) and BelDel (Below Delancey), as examples of real estate interests pushing tongue-defying acronyms to market specific neighborhoods.

“I always hated Dumbo (sounds like a Disney movie) and Nolita (sounds like a Nabokov novel),” Village Voice scribe Michael Musto said. “But I sort of like the affectionate nickname for the East 20s — Curry Hill.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Sunday, May 25, 2008 • Permalink