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 September 18, 2004
Little Brazil
"Little Brazil Street," West 46th Street between 5th Avenue and Broadway, was dedicated in 1996.

30 April 1968, New York Times, pg. 49:
City's Brazilians Cluster Colorfully in West 40's
There is an almost hidden Brazil in Manhattan's West 40's, where only the discerning eye catches the green-and-gold colors of Brazil's flag that mark the profusion of restaurants, barber shops, hairdressers, tourist stores and even hotels that cater to the tastes of Brazilians in New York.

The main cluster is between Fifth and Seventh Avenues on West 45th and 46th Streets. Here tourists from the big country to the south order meals from fellow Brazilians who live here and, when they are finished, call for the "dolorosa," Brazilian slang for the check as sad news.

In this "little Brazil," they can get a haircut in Portuguese, something different from a haircut in English, while they read recent magazines from Rio, or buy a record called :Bossa New York."

6 February 1977, New York Times, pg. 253:
Brazil Taking Root Along 46th Street
Call it "Little Brazil" or "Rua de Brasilieros." Either way, it means West 46th Street.

Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Saturday, September 18, 2004 • Permalink