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, 2005
Doctors’ Row (or, Irish Fifth Avenue)
There are three "Doctors' Rows." One is at 122nd Street in Harlem, and the other is at Alexander Avenue (also called "Irish Fifth Avenue") in the Bronx. Both names are historical and are not used today.

A third "Doctor's Row," on Bay Ridge Parkway between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, underwent landmarking consideration in 2019.


1 February 1969, New York (NY) Times, pg. 31:
The days are long past since Alexander Avenue, which runs east of Third Avenue, from the New Haven Railroad yards at 132d Street to 143d Street, was called "Doctors' Row" and "the Irish Fifth Avenue."

1 July 1978, New York (NY) Times, pg. 42:
A group of 100-year-old houses along Alexander Avenue in the South Bronx, once known as "Doctors Row" and "Irish Fifth Avenue" in keeping with the well-to-do people who once lived there, is undergoing a real-estate boom as young professional couples are purchasing and renovating dilapidated houses in what has been designated as the Mott Haven Historic District.

7 February 1999, New York (NY) Times, pg. CY1:
IN 1976, Josephine E. Jones set eyes on stained-glass windows, carved cherry banisters and Minton tiles in a Queen Anne-style row house at 137 West 122d Street in Harlem, and she knew it was the home she had dreamed of owning. The detailing was a signature of Francis H. Kimball, one of New York's leading turn-of-the-century architects, and the street was once known locally as Doctors' Row.

Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle
REAL ESTATE BAY RIDGE
Doctor’s Row takes step forward to historic landmarking
March 26, 2019 Paula Katinas
If the famous Bay Ridge block known as “Doctor’s Row” is eventually declared a historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, then homeowners on the street will be looking back at March 26 as a significant day.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to “calendar” the proposal for historic district status for the block of Bay Ridge Parkway between Fourth and Fifth avenues.
(...)
Bay Ridge residents know it as Doctor’s Row, a nickname that stems from the many physicians’ offices located there.
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Tuesday, May 31, 2005 • Permalink