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 December 07, 2018
Quackarazzi (quack + paparazzi)

A rare Mandarin duck (with pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage) was spotted in Central Park in December 2018. So many people took photos of the duck that a new word was coined—“quackarazzi” (quack +paparazzi).

The Associated Press reported on December 6, 2018:

“It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.”


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Quackarazzi alert: New York’s latest celebrity is this exotic Mandarin duck
0:15 (Video.—ed.)
9:08 PM - 5 Dec 2018

Associated Press
Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell
By VERENA DOBNIK
December 6, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.

A horde of photographers has been gathering daily in the park off Fifth Avenue for well over a month, hoping to catch a glimpse of the exotic bird with pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage and markings that admirer Joe Amato compares to “a living box of crayons.”

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Quackarazzi: A brightly colored Mandarin duck is holding New York City in its spell, with pink, purple, orange and emerald green colors one admirer called a “living box of crayons.”
10:50 PM - 5 Dec 2018 (Posted after the above article, to which there is a link.—ed.)

VOA News
Colorful Mandarin Duck Excites New Yorkers
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The star is a colorful Mandarin duck. The bird first appeared this month in a small body of water in Manhattan’s Central Park.

Large crowds have gathered to see the duck. Reporters have been following its every move. The media attention on the duck has earned the name “quackarazzi” – a word combination of paparazzi and the sound a duck makes!

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWorkers/People • Friday, December 07, 2018 • Permalink