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 Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from April 13, 2020
“If you’re down by the schoolyard, stay away from Rosie. She’s the Queen of Corona”

New York City-raised singer-songwriter Paul Simon sang these lyrics in the song “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” (1972):

“Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona.”

Simon was referring to Corona, Queens (New York City), but the lyric was recalled during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

“This is Rosie’s fault. She’s the queen of Corona. Coronavirus” was posted on Facebook by Haiku Madness on March 8, 2020. “Listen, if you’re down by the schoolyard, stay away from Rosie....she’s the queen of Corona....” was posted on Twitter by Craving on April 7, 2020.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Wikipedia: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” is a song by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the second single from his second self-titled studio album (1972), released on Columbia Records.

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Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (Official Audio)
Sep 15, 2013
Paul Simon
Paul Simon ‘Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard’
(Lyrics.—ed.)
Well I’m on my way
I don’t know where I’m going
I’m on my way
I’m taking my time
But I don’t know where
Goodbye to Rosie, the queen of Corona
Seein’ me and Julio
Down by the schoolyard


Facebook
Haiku Madness
March 8, 2020 ·
This is Rosie’s fault.
She’s the queen of Corona.
Coronavirus.
#paulsimon, #julio Paul Simon, #coronavirus

Facebook
Patrick James Shay
March 17, 2020 at 10:06 AM ·
EVERYONE HEED THIS WARNING!:
Stay away from Rosie. She is the queen of Corona.

Facebook
Brendan Kelley
March 27, 2020 at 1:23 AM ·
It’s Rosie’s fault. She’s the Queen of Corona #meandjuliodownbytheschoolyard

Twitter
Jared Greenstein
@JaredGreenstein
me and Julio down by the schoolyard social distancing ourselves away from Rosie, the Queen of Corona.
10:26 AM · Mar 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Craving
@calluptome
Listen, if you’re down
by the schoolyard, stay away from Rosie....
....she’s the queen of Corona....
6:51 PM · Apr 7, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Facebook
Don Dauer
April 8, 2020 at 3:40 PM ·
If you happen to be hanging out with Julio down by the schoolyard, steer clear of Rosie. She’s the queen of Corona.

Facebook
Kristen McAteer
April 10, 2020 at 10:43 AM ·
If you’re down by the schoolyard, stay away from Rosie. She’s the queen of Corona.

Twitter
Glen Goolie
@Csonk39
“If you’re down by the schoolyard, stay away from Rosie.  She’s the Queen of Corona.”
12:52 PM · Apr 12, 2020·Twitter for Android

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Monday, April 13, 2020 • Permalink