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.

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Entry from July 21, 2018
“Plastic bags are the tumbleweeds of New York City”

Plastic bags have been described as “urban tumbleweeds.” “Ahhh, plastic bags, the urban tumbleweed. - Ant” was posted on Twitter by EastBayAnt on April 8, 2008. “Black plastic bags are New York City’s tumbleweeds” was posted on Twitter by Michael Ferrell on March 31, 2009. “An NYC tumbleweed is a plastic bag blowing across the street ha” was posted on Twitter by Jennifer Evans Jones on June 3, 2010.

“Plastic bags are the tumbleweeds of New York City” was posted on Twitter by Jared Simon on October 20, 2011.


9 July 2007, McClatchy-Tribune Business News, “Recycling plastic bags just got easier: Supporters of new legislation hope it will cut back plastic waste in the desert and landfills” by Hillary Borrud, pg. 1”
Jul. 9--Plastic bags have become the new tumbleweeds of the High Desert, ever since many retailers moved away from paper bags in the 1980s.

Twitter
EastBayAnt
@EastBayAnt
Ahhh, plastic bags, the urban tumbleweed.
- Ant
5:28 PM - 8 Apr 2008

Twitter
Michael Ferrell
@mickeyfickey
Black plastic bags are New York City’s tumbleweeds.
5:53 PM - 31 Mar 2009

Twitter
Jennifer Evans Jones
@JenLEvans
Replying to @TumbleweedBot
@TumbleweedBot An NYC tumbleweed is a plastic bag blowing across the street ha.
2:15 PM - 3 Jun 2010

Twitter
Teej
@TJRIV
The plastic bag is the urban tumbleweed.
10:12 PM - 29 Jun 2010

Twitter
Lindsay
@lindsanity
Plastic bags: the urban tumbleweed.
12:20 AM - 6 Sep 2010

Twitter
Bamsy Vee
@Bamsy_V
“So I believe that the modern day tumbleweed… is a plastic bag.” - Damon.
4:14 PM - 21 Nov 2010

Twitter
teff leopard
@mandyapolis
The plastic bag is the tumbleweed of our generation. @AlexMaki
8:01 PM - 17 Mar 2011

Twitter
Ben Schumin
@SchuminWeb
The plastic bag has unfortunately become an urban version of the tumbleweed. #plastic #litter
8:33 AM - 5 Jul 2011

Twitter
unCagedBaby
@JMOfrmtha5thflo
“The black plastic bag… The urban tumbleweed.” - @FlapDaniels
1:42 AM - 16 Aug 2011

Twitter
Jared Simon
@jaredsimonsays
Plastic bags are the tumbleweeds of New York City
10:48 AM - 20 Oct 2011

Twitter
Ryan Parks
@ryanAparks
The plastic bag is New York City’s tumbleweed
3:54 AM - 1 Jan 2012

Twitter
Sam Struzzi
@CaptainDiabetes
“In New York, we don’t have tumbleweeds. We have plastic bags.”
2:30 PM - 1 Jan 2012

Twitter
Evergreen MES
@EvergreenMES
Plastic bags - the “urban tumbleweed?” http://bit.ly/LfhzV8
7:18 PM - 8 Jun 2012

Twitter
Rachel
@phantomveggie
New York City Tumbleweed...plastic bags. #nyc
7:47 PM - 30 Oct 2012

Twitter
hellatan
@HellaTan
In the #desert they have tumbleweeds. In #nyc we have plastic bags.
3:38 PM - 7 Apr 2013

Google Groups: WQ News
Governor Urged to Join Fight Against NY’s “Urban Tumbleweed”
Loretta
12/23/13
Public News Service - NY � December 23, 2013
Governor Urged to Join Fight Against NY�s “Urban Tumbleweed”
NEW YORK - The call is going out for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to put a lid on New Yorkers’ 10-billion-disposable bags-per-year habit by imposing a fee on retailers who package what they sell in disposable bags. Saima Anjam, government affairs associate, Environmental Advocates of New York, estimated that most disposable bags are good for one trip from the store and have a useful life of about 12 minutes.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Plastic bags are the tumbleweeds of the 21st century.
submitted March 13, 2014 by baby_mike
COMMENTS
whattodado
urban tumbleweed

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A plastic bag flowing in the wind is an urban tumbleweed.
submitted May 4, 2015 by x_sb

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Plastic bags are the tumbleweed of this generation
submitted May 4, 2015 by KMuffin
Especially in the city

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Plastic bags are pretty much the urban equivalent of tumbleweeds
submitted June 19, 2015 by define0freedom

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Plastic bags are the city version of tumbleweed.
submitted August 13, 2015 by ProphePsyed
I saw 5 plastic bags rolling across the street on my way home from work last night. I know what you’re going to say and yes, I was bathing myself in my car. It was a very hot day and I got lots of sun.

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
Are plastic bags the modern day equivalent to the tumbleweed?
submitted October 23, 2015 by trynamatch

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
A plastic bag drifting through the wind is the modern day tumbleweed
submitted August 31, 2017 by xEman26x
Edit: apparently these things do still exist (and very prevalent in some areas) so we are going to just call them urban tumbleweeds

Reddit—Shower Thoughts
The Plastic Bag Is The Tumbleweed Of The City
submitted January 22, 2018 by amitgrandami

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