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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Entry from November 27, 2012
“BROOK-LYN!” (Brooklyn chant)

The Brooklyn Nets basketball team brought professional sports back to the borough of Brooklyn in November 2012, following an absence of over fifty years. The “Brook-lyn” chant began with the Nets’ first exhibition game in October 13, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey—the state the Nets team had left to relocate to Brooklyn. The “Brook-lyn” chant followed the team to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Nets players told the press that they enjoyed the new chant.

“Brook-lyn” can be chanted at any time during the game to acknowledge either good or bad play, but has usually been reserved for the fourth quarter of basketball games.

New York (NY) Times
Nets Sharp, and Winners, in Preseason Opener
Published: October 14, 2012
ATLANTIC CITY — The first chants of “Brook-lyn” came far from the Nets’ new home, far down the coastline, in a building resembling an airplane hangar, in the middle of a casino district, in the state they just recently abandoned.

New York (NY) Daily News
Nets’ Deron cheers for ‘Brooklyn’ chant
Monday, October 15, 2012
Deron Williams has a request for fans heading to the Barclays Center: Chant “Brooklyn.” He didn’t mention “Go Nets,” or anything involving his team’s nickname. The star point guard prefers “Brooklyn,” repeated slowly and deliberately, exactly like the chorus in Fabolous’ “Brooklyn” rap song.

Williams heard it from a small pocket of fans during Saturday’s exhibition in Atlantic City — 130 miles from the Barclays Center — and it left him fantasizing about a larger group joining the chorus, starting in Monday night’s preseason home debut at the $1 billion arena against the Wizards. “I like that ‘Brooklyn’ chant,” Williams said unprompted. “Hopefully that’s a motto this year.

Nets win in Brooklyn debut
CBSSports.com wire reports
Nov. 3, 2012
NEW YORK—The chant was 55 years in the making, delayed a couple days by disaster, and delivered by a sold-out crowd that wasn’t missing this party no matter what it took to get there.

“Brook-lyn! Brook-lyn!”

Those were the lyrics of a rocking return to major pro sports.

The Brooklyn Game
Brooklyn, We Need To Talk About “The Brooklyn Chant”
Posted on: November 12th, 2012 by DEVIN KHARPERTIAN

You’ve heard it. The chant fills Barclays Center a.k.a. The Black House a.k.a. The House That Hov Built a.k.a. Where Is The Promised Housing like no other. It’s the best chant Brooklyn has, and may be the best chant in sports. It’s simultaneously a jeer and a cheer. It can throw an away team off its rocker while pushing Brooklyn forward. It’s fantastic, and I’m worried about wasting it.

I mean it when I say that The Brooklyn Chant (as I’m referring to it from here on out) is fantastic. No other team has something similar.

Sporting News
Knicks-Nets rivalry brewing in the five boroughs
PUBLISHED Friday, Nov 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm EST
Sean Deveney Sporting News
That’s when Johnson came alive, scoring nine points down the stretch of the game to lead a Nets comeback, and as the win (the Nets’ fourth in a row) was being sealed at the free-throw line, chants of “Brooklyn!” rang out. That made Johnson smile.

“I am excited for the fans more than anything,” Johnson said. “My favorite chant was when they started doing the ‘Brooklyn’ chant. I enjoyed hearing it, and hopefully we can keep winning games like this so they can keep chanting it.”

Our house is a very, very fine house
By Net Income on Nov 24, 10:07a
Then, there’s THAT chant, the extended “Brook-Lyn, Brook-lyn.” Almost 12 hours after leaving Barclays, we can still hear it. It sums what Barclays Center is about. It’s about community and fun and novelty ... and it’s all ours.

Three Suggested New Chants for Brooklyn Nets Fans
Article By: Brandon Guarneri | November 27, 2012
The 2012-2013 NBA season was supposed to tip off with the New York Knicks taking on the Brooklyn Nets in their fancy new home, the Barclays Center; but Hurricane Sandy rearranged the schedule and moved that game to last night. The energy level in the building was incredible during the Nets 96-89 overtime win, but there was one problem: that “Broooooooklllllllyyynnnn” chant the crowd used is just not getting it done.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Tuesday, November 27, 2012 • Permalink