A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 02, 2006
“Minutes From Bloomingdale’s” (Roosevelt Island, Astoria, Long Island City)
Roosevelt Island, Astoria (Queens) and Long Island City (Queens) have all stated that they are "minutes from Bloomingdale's" store at Lexington Avenue and East 59th Street.

In 1906, George M. Cohen presented a show called Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway. The title song from that show was about New Rochelle.

Verse 1
The West, so they say,
Is home of the jay,
And Missouri's the state
That can grind them.
This may all be,
But just take it from me,
You don't have to go
Out West to find them.
If you want to see
The real jay delegation,
The place where the
Real rubens dwell.
Just hop on a train
At the Grand Central Station.
Get off when they shout
"New Rochelle."

Refrain 1
Only forty-five minutes from Broadway,
Think of the changes it brings;
For the short time it takes,
What a diff'rence it makes
In the ways of the people and things.
Oh! What a fine bunch of rubens,
Oh! what a jay atmosphere;
They have whiskers like hay,
And imagine Broadway
Only forty-five minutes from here.

Verse 2
When the bunco men hear that their game is so near,
They'll be swarming here thicker than bees are.
In Barnum's best days, why he never saw jays
That were easier to get to than these are.
You tell them old jokes and they laugh till they sicken,
There's giggles and grins here to let.
I told them that one about "Why does a chicken,
The rubens are all laughing yet.

Refrain 2
Only forty-five minutes from Broadway,
Not a cafe in the town;
Oh! The place is a bird,
No one here ever heard
Of Delmonico, Rector or Browne.
With a ten-dollar bill you're a spendthrift;
If you open a bottle of beer
You're a sport, so they say,
And imagine Broadway
Only forty-five minutes from here.

If You're Thinking of Living In/Astoria; Accessible, Affordable and Highly Diverse
Published: October 19, 2003

ASTORIA, across the East River from Manhattan on the northwest tip of Queens, always has been a neighborhood of affordable beginnings.

The slogan ''only 15 minutes from Bloomingdale's'' describes location, not shopping habits. As the essence of a working-class neighborhood in the 1970's, at the height of Greek immigration, Astoria was home to TV's Archie Bunker. Despite an influx of young professionals, musicians and actors seeking refuge from Manhattan prices, and a nudge toward the chichi with two Starbucks with wireless connections, shops like Victoria's Secret and a vibrant night life, Astoria still has blue-collar roots.
Astoria is a sizzling hot area of New York City. Yes, it is in The City.

Located in Queens, "15 minutes from Bloomingdale's", it is served by several trains. Among them are the N, the R, and the V.

In recent past, it used to be called the bedroom of New York. Those who invested in Astoria could only win. Its international character has attracted a variety of international cuisine restaurants, nightclubs, bars, museums, schools, churches, synagogues and mosques. Everyday, a new business opens in this neighborhood these days.

11 June 1905, Washington Post, pg. TP6:
"Forty-five Minutes from Broadway" has now been decided upon by George M. Cohan as the title for the new musical play which he has just completed for Fay Templeton, and in which she will star next season.

14 October 1977, New York Times, pg. 27 ad:
"Yet only minutes from Bloomingdale's."
Rivercross at
Roosevelt Island
400 yards east of Sutton Place

25 February 1979, New York Times, pg. LI19 ad:
800 Old Country Road, Westbury, New York 11590
Only 12 minutes from Bloomingdale's and Sloane's, three miles from Macy's and Gimbel's and only one mile east of Fortunoff. Buy your rugs at G. Fried and save.

13 April 1986, New York Times, pg. NJ R51 ad:
It's the best of all worlds...in a great location only 45 minutes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art...15 minutes from Bloomingdale's and other fine White Plans shopping.
Long Hill Road West & Wilderness Way, Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510

27 October 1989, New York Times, pg. C1:
Just five minutes from Bloomingdale's via an Alpine-style aerial tramway and a mere 300 yards from the shores of both Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island nonetheless remains a mystery to most New Yorkers. That, however, may all begin to change on Sunday, when the long-delayed 63d Street subway line opens, connecting the island to the Upper East Side and to Long Island City, Queens.

26 April 1990, New York Times, "Roosevelt Island: A 'Wonderful" Experiment Still Building" by Alan Finder, pg. B1:
"This is still a wonderful place," said Sandra Blake Neis, president of both the local P.T.A. and the Roosevelt Island Residents Association and a resident for 13 years. "I wanted to be somewhere that seemed safe and was like the country. And yet it's also four or five minutes from Bloomingdale's."

13 February 1997, New York Times, pg. C2 ad:
On a good day, 8 minutes from Bloomingdale's.
30-55 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11102
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Sunday, April 02, 2006 • Permalink