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 April 21, 2005
Rubbermen or Red Menace
"Rubbermen" or "Red Menace" are cop terms (especially television's NYPD Blue) for members of the fire department.

Red Menace
Unofficial term for members of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), also known as "Rubbermen", a term of affection and respect for those members.

21 September 1988, Newsday, "2 Local Heroes Remember" by Denis Hamill, City, pg. 6:
"I wouldn't trade a day of it," said Gorman. "I loved being a New York fireman. The first day on the job I knew I was nuts because as we were running into the building the roaches and rats were running out. But you stood for something important. You saved lives for a living. But today the job has changed. This business of the cops and firefighters calling each other names, arguing over emergency jurisdictions is ridiculous. Cops call us the `rubbermen.' I'm actually glad I'm not on the job anymore, as much as I miss it . . . "
Posted by Barry Popik
Workers/People • (0) Comments • Thursday, April 21, 2005 • Permalink