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 February 19, 2005
San Juan Hill; The Gut
"San Juan Hill" and "The Gut" are old names for the west side of Manhattan. "San Juan Hill" dates immediately after the Spanish American War and the taking of San Juan Hill in Puerto Rico, in July 1898.

15 July 1905, New York Times, pg. 1:
Over "San Juan Hill" and "The Gut" early last night there was a race riot which terrorized the neighborhood for an hour, sent several persons to the hospital, and made it necessary to call the reserves from six police stations. "San Juan Hill" is where Amsterdam Avenue rises to a point at Sixty-second Street; "The Gut" is the same street where it runs down to West End Avenue.

The police of the West Sixty-eighth Street Station expect at least one small riot on the Hill or in The Gut each week. But last night's came one day before the usual times, and it was more severe than any other racial disturbance for two or three years.

East of Amsterdam Avenue live mostly white people; west of Amsterdam Avenue live mostly negroes. The feeling between the two is always hostile. It comes out on this borderland.
Posted by Barry Popik
Neighborhoods • (0) Comments • Saturday, February 19, 2005 • Permalink