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 15, 2014
YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard)

"YIMBY” (Yes In My Back Yard) is the opposite of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). YIMBY supports development; NIMBY opposes development. “YIMBY” has been cited in print since at least 1988.

New York YIMBY (NewYorkYIMBY.com) has been on Twitter and Facebook.

Wikipedia: YIMBY
YIMBY is an acronym for Yes In My Back Yard in contrast and opposition to the NIMBY phenomenon. Some of the groups encourage the installation of clean energy sources, such as wind turbines, despite the opposition these generally face from NIMBY groups.

OCLC WorldCat record
Swedes say ‘YIMBY’—yes, in my back yard—to nuclear waste burial.
Author: U.S. Council for Energy Awareness.
Publisher: Washington, DC : U.S. Council for Energy Awareness, [1991?]
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Getting To YIMBY: Yes In My Backyard
Edition/Format: Article Article
Publication: WORLD WASTES, 35, no. 12, (1992): 38
Database: British Library Serials

6 June 1999, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO), “Group homes evolve along with attitudes toward them” by Bill McKeown, pg. 1, col. 5:
When a group of chronically mentally ill people settled into two old Victorians on West Bayou Street in the summer of 1995, neighbor Ralph Sheetz greeted them with a sign that read “YIMBY — Yes In My Back Yard.”

13 April 2002, Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald, pg. A7, col. 3:
So instead of this ongoing issue of NIMBY (not in my back yard) maybe we can turn this into a YIMBY (yes in my back yard).
(Letter by Bruce McKillop, Lethbridge.—ed.)

Word Spy
Posted on August 25, 2009
n. A person who favors a project that would add a dangerous or unpleasant feature to his or her neighborhood. [Acronym from the phrase yes in my back yard.]
—YIMBYist n.
—YIMBYism n.
Earliest Citation:
You know about NIMBY’s, Not in My Back Yard. These are the opposite, YIMBY’s, by all means Yes in that same plot of grass.
—”..And the Year of the YIMBY,” The Washington Post, February 19, 1988

Covering architecture, real estate, and development in the greater New York City area. Website: http://www.newyorkyimby.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/newyorkyimby
Basic Info
Founded September 2011

New York (NY) Times
Sure, Build It in My Backyard
In a city that is knee-deep in preservationists willing to do almost anything to keep new construction from erasing the past, it might seem surprising to find a young man who has made a career out of promoting the new. But Nikolai Fedak, the creator and mastermind of New York Yimby, a pro-development blog turned website, does not find this strange at all.

“A lot of people my age support development,” said Mr. Fedak, 23, who is alarmingly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of development in the city and speaks with such enthusiasm and energy, words tumble out of his mouth at breakneck speed. “That’s why a lot of people come to the city. They’re here for a reason.”

New York Yimby — the acronym stands for Yes in My Back Yard, a wordplay on the more familiar Nimby (Not in My Back Yard) — is a lively, chatty site that is catnip to fans of the city’s ever expanding forest of high-rises.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Military/Religion /Health • Tuesday, April 15, 2014 • Permalink