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 December 25, 2004
Solita (South of Little Italy)
"Solita" (or "SoLita") means "South of Little Italy." It's a spinoff from NoLita (North of little Italy).

The name started with the "SoLita Building" at 161 Grand Street, in 2001. Then came the Solita Soho Hotel at 159 Grand Street. So goes the neighborhood?

"Solita" is Latin, a female name meaning "alone" or "solitude."

New York magazine (March 12, 2001)
Real Estate 2001: Neighborhood Profiles
NoLIta and NoHo
By Allen Salkin
Five years ago, NoLIta didn't exist, so flush dot-commers invented it. Now prices in the boutique-infested, low-rise neighborhood are among the highest in the city, higher even than those of its almost-as-recently-conceived neighbor to the north, NoHo. So high that the developers of a twenty-loft conversion at 161 Grand Street are trying to glom onto the goodness by advertising their building near Centre Street as belonging to "SoLIta." So high that another developer is in the midst of conquering the neighborhood's once-insurmountable eastern barrier, putting up a new, glass-fronted, full-service apartment building at 199 Bowery. Welcome to ELIta.

Choice Hotels International
Clarion Collection The Solita Soho Hotel
159 Grand Street , New York, NY, US, 10013
Phone: (212) 925-3600 Fax: (212) 925-3385

CBS MoneyWatch
SoLita Building opens downtown
Real Estate Weekly, Nov 14, 2001
The opening of The SoLita Building at 161 Grand St. is the latest evidence of the change in the Downtown cityscape as new residential developments transform emerging neighborhoods.

The SoLita Building, advertised as being "where SoHo meets Little Italy" at Grand and Centre Streets, has been converted from a commercial building into a 10-story luxury condo loft residence.

another new one is SoLita (Chinatown)
(March 16, 2004 post - ed.)
Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (0) Comments • Saturday, December 25, 2004 • Permalink