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
Bronxite (inhabitant of the Bronx)

A “Bronxite” is an inhabitant of the borough of the Bronx. “Bronxite” has been cited in print since at least 1899; the Bronx became a borough of New York City in 1898.

The names of inhabitants of other boroughs include “Brooklynite” (Brooklyn), “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: The Bronx
The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City. It is also known as Bronx County, the last of the 62 counties of New York State to be incorporated. Located north of Manhattan and Queens, and south of Westchester County, the Bronx is the only borough that is located primarily on the mainland (a very small portion of Manhattan, the Marble Hill neighborhood, is physically located on the mainland, due to the rerouting of the Harlem River in 1897). The Bronx’s population is 1,400,761 according to the 2010 United States Census. The borough has a land area of 42 square miles (109 km2), making it the fourth-largest in land area of the five boroughs, the fourth most populated, and the third-highest in density of population.

The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, closer to Manhattan, and the flatter East Bronx, closer to Long Island. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City (then largely confined to Manhattan) in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895. The Bronx first assumed a distinct legal identity when it became a borough of Greater New York in 1898. Bronx County, with the same boundaries as the borough, was separated from New York County (afterwards coextensive with the Borough of Manhattan) as of January 1, 1914. Although the Bronx is the third-most-densely-populated county in the U.S., about a quarter of its area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo in the borough’s north and center, on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed northwards and eastwards from Manhattan with the building of roads, bridges and railways.

The Bronx River was named for Jonas Bronck, an early settler from Denmark whose land bordered the river on the east. The borough of the Bronx was named for the river that was “Bronck’s River”. The indigenous Lenape (Delaware) American Indians were progressively displaced after 1643 by settlers from the Netherlands and Great Britain. The Bronx received many Irish, German, Jewish and Italian immigrants as its once-rural population exploded between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. They were succeeded after 1945 by African Americans and Hispanic Americans from the Caribbean basin — especially Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, but also from Jamaica. In recent years, this cultural mix has made the Bronx a wellspring of both Latin music and hip hop.

The Bronx contains one of the five poorest Congressional Districts in the U.S., the 16th, but its wide variety of neighborhoods also includes the affluent Riverdale and Country Club.  The Bronx, particularly the South Bronx, saw a sharp decline in population, livable housing, and the quality of life in the late 1960s and the 1970s, culminating in a wave of arson, but has shown some signs of revival in recent years.

15 October 1899, Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, “Over The Garden Wall; Arbitration Upon Ownership of Peaches in a Neighbor’s Yard,” pg. 9, col. 4:
“In the yard next mine, occupied by a non-union Bronxite—by non-union I mean a man who does not belong to our society—there is a peach tree, it grows near the fence, and the branches of it fill a large space of the sunlight of the yard, for which I pay rent.”
(...)
-- New York Press.

OCLC WorldCat record
Life in the Bronx : the magazine for and by Bronxites.
Publisher: New York : F.D. March,
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The Bronxite.
Author: Bronx District Council.
Publisher: New York : Bronx District Council,
Edition/Format:  Journal, magazine : Periodical : English

OCLC WorldCat record
They were here : some Bronxites who have achieved
Author: William C Woolfson; Nicholas J Falco
Publisher: [Bronx, N.Y.] : Bronx Society of Science and letters, 1980, ©1979.
Edition/Format:  Book : Biography : English

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.’’

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