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 July 20, 2010
Sun Slope (Sunset Park + South Park Slope)

Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn is located near the communities of Sunset Park and South Park Slope (or South Slope). The neighborhood nickname “Sun Slope” (Sunset Park + South Park Slope) appeared in 2007 and horrified the Brooklyn real estate blog, Brownstoner. The “Sun Slope” nickname has been seldom used.

Wikipedia: Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn
Greenwood Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that takes part of its name from the neighborhood proximity to the Green-Wood Cemetery. The much-debated borders are, roughly, the Prospect Expressway to the north, Third Avenue to the west, Eighth Avenue to the east and 36th Street to the south (southern boundary of The Green-Wood Cemetery).

A mixed neighborhood of working class Polish American and Italian American families, South American and Mexican immigrants, and middle class Brooklynites who have relocated from other higher-priced neighborhoods, Greenwood Heights’ architectural mix of wood frame and brick homes gives the area an eclectic look and feel, different from its neighbors Park Slope to the north and Sunset Park to the south.

Recent new real estate development, curbed with the rezoning of the area in November 2005, has brought an influx of luxury condominium apartments into a residential area that was mainly made up of 1- and 2-family homes. Post-rezoning, while new development sites have occurred, there has been a new trend of home renovations (many of them “gut renovations"), taking many of the neglected circa 1900 wood frame homes and restoring them to their turn of the century historical look.

One of the sites of the sprawling Battle of Brooklyn (Battle of Long Island) in August of 1776, the area is steeped in a rich history from its identity as a pivotal battle site in the American Revolutionary War to famous residents of Green-Wood Cemetery and its history of families working the once vibrant Brooklyn waterfront.

Greenwood Heights is a part of Brooklyn Community Board 7 along with Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and South Park Slope.

Wikipedia: Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Sunset Park is a neighborhood in the western section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, USA. It bounded by 36th Street (along the southern end of the Green-Wood Cemetery) and Greenwood Heights (referred to as “Greenwood” by Brooklyn Community Board 7) on the north, 9th Avenue, and Borough Park on the east, 65th Street and Bay Ridge on the south and Upper New York Bay on the west. Sunset Park is patrolled by the NYPD’s 72nd Precinct.

There is a namesake city park within the neighborhood, located between 41st and 44th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues, which is the second highest point in Brooklyn (for the highest point in Brooklyn, see the Green-Wood Cemetery entry). The hilly terrain of the park affords visitors magnificent views of Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and New Jersey beyond. The “main drag” of the neighborhood lies along Fifth Avenue. The area is also home to the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot.

Wikipedia: South Park Slope, Brooklyn
South Park Slope, Brooklyn is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. It is sandwiched between Greenwood Heights and Park Slope, bordered by 15th Street to the north, the Prospect Expressway to the south, Fourth Avenue to the west, and Prospect Park West and Green-Wood Cemetery to the east. While the name “south Slope” has been used for many years, the area was officially designated “South Park Slope” when it was rezoned by the New York City Department of City Planning in 2005. It is primarily made up of pre-war row houses, although there has been a spate of new, non-contextual construction in recent years predominately in the inner blocks with higher density development along 4th Avenue due to the 2005 R8A zoning designation.

South Park Slope is a part of Brooklyn Community Board 7 along with Greenwood Heights, Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park.

Brownstoner (October 19, 2007)
Unfortunate New Neighborhood Name: Sun Slope
Categories: Condos, South Slope, Sunset Park
Desperate times call for desperate measures...When you’re trying to market a building with as dodgy a past as the one at 639 6th Avenue, who can blame a broker for getting creative with the marketing spin.
Some call it South Slope. Some insist it’s beyond the boundary with Sunset Park. Others are beginning to call this quiet, tucked away neighborhood Sun Slope. Stop by and decide on your own. We’re sure you’ll love it.

And still others call it what it actually is—Greenwood Heights.

The Gowanus Lounge
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Bklink: They’re Really Calling It “Sun Slope”?
When we saw this yesterday, we couldn’t get it out of our minds: A six-unit condo on Sixth Avenue with an awful history (including the death of a worker) is trying to market itself as being in “Sun Slope.” Dear God.--Brownstoner

Curbed NY
Will Sunset Park Reclaim South Slope, Greenwood Heights?
Wednesday, December 19, 2007, by Robert
There’s always the unfortunate idea of Sun Slope as a compromise or, perhaps, SloSuPa.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityNeighborhoods • (1) Comments • Tuesday, July 20, 2010 • Permalink