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 May 10, 2021
“For Lease Navidad” (pun on “Feliz Navidad")

"Feliz Navidad” (1970) is a now-classic Christmas song that was written and performed by Puerto Rican singer/songwriter José Feliciano. Real estate has many “FOR LEASE” signs, and many images show “NAVIDAD” written underneath this.

“For-Lease Navidad” was posted on the newsgroup rec.crafts.brewing on December 26, 1995. “LEASE NAVIDAD!” was printed in a car dealership ad in the Los Angeles (CA) Times on December 2, 2004. “I am so tempted to go and write ‘Navidad’ under the ‘For Lease’ sign up the street!” was posted on Twitter by Ron King on May 8, 2010.

Wikipedia: Feliz Navidad
“Feliz Navidad” ([feˈlis naβiˈðað] [naβiˈða]) is a Christmas song written in 1970 by Puerto Rican singer/songwriter José Feliciano. With its simple, heartfelt lyrics—the traditional Spanish Christmas/New Year greeting “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad” ("Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness") followed by (in English) “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart"—it has become a pop Christmas classic.

#JoseFeliciano #FelizNavidad #audio
José Feliciano - Feliz Navidad (Official Audio)
Aug 16, 2019
José Feliciano
“Feliz Navidad” by José Feliciano

Google Groups: rec.crafts.brewing
Santa was here!
Dec 26, 1995, 3:00:00 AM
For-Lease Navidad,

2 December 2004, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pg. D9 ad:
(Fletcher Jones Motorcars.—ed.)

Deacon Defreeze
The 87 Stick Up Kids and Brother Reade are performing @ The Han Cholo “For Lease Navidad” tonite! 7-10Pm. 1549 Echo Park Ave LA,CA 90026
3:46 PM · Mar 7, 2009·Twitter SMS

Bus thought:remembering when my youngest son was just learning 2 read. He read"For lease or rent” then immediaty sang “for lease navidad...”
8:51 AM · Sep 2, 2009·Twitter Web Client

The Benign Bumbler
Hey guys, I recently uploaded a video called “For Lease Navidad” and I really think you should check it out over at http://leovader.com .
11:20 PM · Feb 21, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Ron King
I am so tempted to go and write “Navidad” under the “For Lease” sign up the street!
10:29 PM · May 8, 2010·At Once - iPhone App

Pete Vigil Jr.
- I want to write “Navidad” under the “For Lease” sign up the street....
12:43 AM · May 9, 2010·Twitter Web Client

Born Baker Michelle
would it be totally inappropriate for me to write ‘navidad’ under the ‘for lease’ sign in front of my building?
4:38 AM · May 9, 2010·Echofon

Jus saw a sign on a building that said “For lease” and it took everything n me not to write “Navidad” underneath it
9:50 AM · Dec 27, 2010·ÜberSocialOrig

New Zealand Herald
Sideswipe: December 12: For lease navidad
11 Dec, 2013 11:30 AM
By: Ana Samways

(The sign is shown.—ed.)
Stewart had a laugh at this on his way past this flat in George St, Dunedin.

Google Books
Multilingual Learners and Academic Literacies:
Sociocultural Contexts of Literacy Development in Adolescents

Edited by Daniella Molle, Edynn Sato, Timothy Boals and Carol A. Hedgspeth
New York, NY: Routledge
Pg. 148:
One other example illustrates that Sara and her bilingual friends engaged in bilingual play, though this was a less common practice: she and a friend joked about a “For Lease Navidad [Christmas]” sign in which “for lease” is a play on the Spanish word ”feliz“, typically used in the Spanish-language Christmas greeting ”Feliz Navidad“.

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For lease navidad

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For lease navidad. (Upjoke.com)

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