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 September 16, 2007
Staten Italy (Staten Island + Italy)

The borough of Staten Island has long had a large Italian-American population. “Staten Italy,” however, is a recent nickname for the borough.

Wikipedia: Staten Island
Staten Island /ˌstætən ˈaɪlənd/ is one of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York, located in the southwest part of the city. Staten Island is separated from New Jersey by the Arthur Kill and the Kill Van Kull, and from the rest of New York by New York Bay. With a population of 468,730, Staten Island is the least populated of the boroughs but is the third-largest in area at 59 sq mi (153 km2).
According to the 2009 American Community Survey, the borough’s population was 75.7% White (65.8% non-Hispanic White alone), 10.2% Black or African American (9.6% non-Hispanic Black or African American alone), 0.2% American Indian and Alaska Native, 7.4% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 4.6% from Some other race, and 1.9% from Two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race made up 15.9% of the population.

According to the survey, the top ten European ancestries were the following:

. Italian: 34.7%

Urban Dictionary
1. Staten Italy
slang for the borough of Staten Island in NYC, making reference to the high population of Italian citizens living there.
“Vinny crashed his IROC on Rte 440 in Staten Italy on his way to Gina’s”
by Pbo NY Jul 13, 2005

2. Staten Italy
n. nickname for Staten Island, New York; most often used by white, South Shore (thus, Italian) residents who like to think that the island is “theirs.”
Note the literal dumbness of the term; it tells you a lot about its provenance.
Yo, “home boy,” this pizzeria don’t do business with people like you. Go back to Bed-Haven or Mott-Stuy, o’ whe’eva, and stay the fuck outta Staten Italy. Don’t wanna see yas gettin in trouble, aright?
by GGG man USA Mar 21, 2007

Staten Italy
Welcome to Staten Italy

In the very near future, we at Staten Italy would like to show every one how much our Italian Heritage has brought to this fine island. We will be incorporating A family recipe page we would like all to donate their favorite dishes to. Holiday traditions, Feel free to tell of what your family does for the holidays. Let us know where your family is from. There will be so many different areas visit. We would like to also offer businesses to advertise with us

Brainy Encyclopedia: Staten Island
Staten Island is sometimes jokingly called “Staten Italy” because of its’ gigantic Italian-American population. 

Everything Staten Island
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Sunshine through the clouds

To “Dorothy” from Kansas:
Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
Thanks so much for the kind words and pep talk. Definitely put a smile on my face. I think you’ll find that when you move to the Island you certainly won’t be in Kansas anymore! Hopefully you’ll find your niche here, although adjustment may be some work, and may take some time. Good luck. If you have any requests and dedications regarding “Staten Italy” - things I have not yet mentioned, feel free to email, and I’ll do my best to provide info/opinion/advice.

2004-07-27 10:26:00
After the movie we headed out to Staten Italy and stayed really late.

Google Groups: The e-mail about nothing...
From: “JDee”
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 06:56:02 -0700
Local: Fri, Jun 17 2005 9:56 am
Subject: Re: Haaaaappppyy.....

(Why the concept of the rarity of poultry in an Eastern African country is of such disturbance to Staten Italy, I’ll never know!!)

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • Sunday, September 16, 2007 • Permalink