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 01, 2005
Garbagia Land
"Garbagia" (or "Garbagia Land") is the Harlem River Waterfront Park in the Bronx. The name - from "garbage" - is, of course, not official.

Garbagia Land Harlem River Waterfront Park

30 June 2005, New York Sun, "Finding a Way Past 'Garbagia' and the Bruckner to the Water" by Jeremy Smerd, pg. 12:
Last night, New Yorkers for Parks had its first meeting with members of the community to discuss ways a small spit of land just beyond the Third Avenue Bridge on the Harlem River could be turned into a small waterfront park. A community group pushing for its redevelopment and working with New Yorkers for Parks, Friends of Brook Park, already offers kayak and canoe rides on the river. Though hememd in by the Bruckner Expressway and a railroad line, the less than 1-acre plot of land is one of the few unobstructed riverfront properties that is undeveloped and owned by the city. It has a grand name: Harlem River Waterfront Park. But it is also called "Garbagia Land."

"Like Disneyland but more nitty gritty," the director of Friends of Brook Park, Harry Bubbins, said. The name refers to the waste management site and the train tracks that carry the garbage away.
Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Friday, July 01, 2005 • Permalink