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 July 17, 2005
Dock-walloper
New York City was once known for its ports. A "dock walloper" is a loafer on those docks.


(Oxford English Dictionary)
dock-walloper (U.S.), a casual labourer engaged at docks and wharfs
1860 BARTLETT Dict. Amer., *Dock walloper, a loafer that hangs about the wharves. New York.
1879 Lumberman's Gaz. 15 Oct., Dockwollopers are paid 40 to 45 cents an hour.

July 1841, Arcturus, A Journal of Books and Opinion (New York), pg. 130:
The sunny weather has brought out the loafers, and the codgers, and the dock wallopers again, in all their glory.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Sunday, July 17, 2005 • Permalink