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 November 26, 2004
Millionaires’ Row (Fifth Avenue)
Fifth Avenue was called "Millionaires' Row" by around the year 1900 because many rich people lived there.

Nowadays, however, the average price of a home in Manhattan is a million dollars. So pick any street you want!

3 February 1886, Washington (DC) Post, pg. 2:
From the New York Sun.
But New York wakes up one morning to find herself not famous, but absolutely eclipsed. "Millionaire's Row" in Washington has larger, handsomer and more sumptuously-mounted residences than any that Fifth avenue can boast.

15 March 1901, New York (NY) Times, pg. 14:
Borough President Coogan has just paid $260,000 for the dwelling 987 Fifth Avenue, just north of Seventy-ninth Street. Mr. Coogan now lives at 599 Fifth Avenue, but feels that the ownership of a house in the very heart of "Millionaires' Row" ought to dispel all delusions about his being a resident of Southampton, L. I., and cause the city treasury to yield up his salary.

23 June 1901, Los Angeles (CA) Times, pg. 6:
The richest of the fashionable leaders have by silent agreement resolved to keep up the ancient social prestige of Fifth avenue, from Fifty-ninth street to One Hundred and Tenth street, by establishing themselves in palaces. The main entrance to the Central Park is at Fifty-ninth street and Fifth avenue. From this point to One Hundred and Tenth street runs a low brownstone wall, pierced at ceertain points by entrances into the park, and over it stretches away the green leaves of trees and shrubbery. The wall is two and a half miles long. The palaces built on the east side of the Avenue face the park. Opposite the main entrance at Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth streets, on the corner of Sixtieth street, stands a square building of white marble, whose incorporated name is the Metropolitan. But it is not spoken of. It is called the Millionaires Club. It flanks the grand line of palaces which are now called Millionaires' Row.

15 October 1902, New York (NY) Times, pg. 1:
Syndicate Plans a Sixteen-Story Apart-
ment Hotel on Fifth Avenue - Ad-
joining Frank J. Gould's Mansion.
Announcement was made yesterday that a sixteen-story apartment hotel will be erected on Fifth Avenue, between Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Street, in the very heart of the so-called "Millionaire's Row."

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityStreets • Friday, November 26, 2004 • Permalink