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 October 12, 2019
Good-time Charlie (Good-time Charley)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wiktionary: good-time Charlie
Noun
good-time Charlie
(plural good-time Charlies)
1. An affable or happy-go-lucky carefree convivial man

(Oxford English Dictionary)
good-time Charlie n. originally U.S. a man whose chief aim is the pursuit of sensual pleasures; a playboy.
[1925 Bridgeport (Connecticut) Telegram 2 Feb. 13/6 (advt.) Eddie Buzzell..in ‘Good Time Charlie’ written by Eddie Cantor.]
1925 Amer. Mercury Aug. 475/2 What is more, even the good-time Charlie New Yorker, the flashier type of New Yorker, isn’t at bottom much different than his country-jake cousin.
1949 N. Algren Man with Golden Arm i. 115 Good-time Charlies with the usual whiskey glass.

Newspapers.com
9 May 1922, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Gink Compels Law and Order” by “Bugs” Baer, pg. 27, col. 5:
Anywhere he was he was only a Good Time Charley on a trip. He could live in one place 50 years and still only be a visitor.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Saturday, October 12, 2019 • Permalink