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 May 21, 2011
New Harlem East

The neighborhood nickname “New Harlem East” was used in a Wall Street Journal article on April 22, 2011. The name describes the area of East 125th Street in Manhattan that has been newly gentrified with stores (and a proposed East Harlem Media, Entertainment and Cultural Center).

Wikipedia: Harlem
Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, which since the 1920s has been a major African-American residential, cultural, and business center. Originally a Dutch village, formally organized in 1658, it is named after the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Harlem was annexed to New York City in 1873.

Wall Street Journal
APRIL 22, 2011
New Stores Give a Lift to East 125th Street
The grocery, Wild Olive Market, opened about a year ago in space formerly occupied by a 99-cent store and an African fabric shop, is one of a flurry of new arrivals on its historic stretch of East 125th Street: Sade Skincare, a cosmetics shop; Island Salad, a health-food café; and the Brownstone, a clothing boutique, are among its neighbors.

Some business owners have dubbed the strip “the New Harlem East.” It contrasts with the many cellphone-, linen- and sneaker-store-lined strips nearby.

Curbed NY
Here’s a Fresh Neighborhood Nickname to Ban: New Harlem East
Friday, April 22, 2011, by Joey Arak
A Wall Street Journal story claiming East 125th Street’s retail row is being reinvented with grocery stores, healthy cafés and clothing boutiques? What do we believe?! Better question: What new name has been slapped on the neighborhood to distance East 125th Street from its lackluster past? That would be New Harlem East, coined by the business owners who are apparently not afraid of getting fined.

East Harlem NYC
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
New Harlem East—Another Nickname for East Harlem?
We just recovered from SpaHa (short for Spanish Harlem) and now the Wall Street Journal notes that new business owners are starting to call the eastern side of 125th St, where new businesses are popping up like Wild Olive Market and Sade Skincare, “the New Harlem East.” “It contrasts with the many cellphone-, linen- and sneaker-store-lined strips nearby.”
I love the new stores, but I’m not sure about the new name. What do you think about SpaHa or New Harlem East? Do you like these nicknames or does East Harlem work for you? 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Saturday, May 21, 2011 • Permalink